Literacy Program

MacFarlane is catering for its diverse student population by providing a variety of literacy approaches.

The focus of the curriculum is explicit teaching in groups. Students are introduced to the concepts of print through Barbara Brann’s Building Blocks to Literacy,’ then move onto the First Steps Literacy program. This resource focuses on the explicit teaching of English by working from whole texts and studying aspects within the text as a means of developing students’ ability to manipulate the language they use for effective communication. It links assessment to practical classroom-based activities and strategies to ensure that steady progress is made and maintained throughout the years in Reading, Writing, Spelling and Oral Language.

MacFarlane incorporates the teaching of the ‘Big 6’ in daily literacy blocks to assist in improving students’ reading skills. The Big Six focuses on:

  • Oral language linguistic skills
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Letter-sound alphabet principles
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension

Students have opportunities for oral presentations in class, at Assemblies, at Student Representative Council, Sports Days and other occasions. Our strong thrust on the continued development of literacy in the school is strongly supported by ongoing, frequent professional development of staff together with the up-dating and purchase of suitable resources. The Australian Curriculum is implemented.