Literacy and Numeracy

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Students with significant difficulties with expressive and receptive language and general literacy skills: reading, writing, comprehension, mathematical concepts and basic numeracy skills are catered for in English, Mathematics and Literacy lessons. The learning experiences provided in Mathematics lessons helps students to develop their numeracy skills. This includes the use of numerical, spatial, graphical, statistical and algebraic concepts. The learning experiences provided in English and Literacy lessons helps students to develop their skills in the appropriate use of language in a range of contexts. This includes visual and computer literacy, the use of community signs and cues and the use of alternate formats such as Braille. Students are supported to develop functional literacy and language skills and functional numeracy skills that will enhance their relationships, ability to access the community and opportunities for employment.

Literacy teaching draws on the strengths of a comprehensive range of evidence and research-based approaches to meet the learning needs of all students. Literacy lessons are delivered at functional, emergent and fluent levels. Students are assessed in an ongoing basis using the following tools:

  • Multilit Word Attack (fluent & emergent groups)
  • Sight Word Assessment (emergent group)
  • Functional Literacy Assessment: pre and post-test (functional group)
  • Writing Assessment (functional, emergent & fluent groups)
  • YARC Assessment (functional, emergent & fluent groups)
  • YARC/Blank‚Äôs Assessment: reading comprehension/language skills (emergent and fluent group)

Mathematics Life Skills outcomes are taught during Mathematics lessons. The whole-school approach to numeracy ensures that Stage 4 teachers will identify and support the specific numeracy demands of each KLA. Students are assessed in an ongoing basis using the Nelson Assessment.