LITERACY AT MACFARLANE PRIMARY SCHOOL
In the Australian Curriculum, students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society. Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.
MacFarlane Primary School’s literacy program encompasses these six basic components: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.
We cater for a diverse student population through implementing a variety of approaches including explicit teaching, small group rotations, whole group teaching and independent activities. All classes have a 2 hour literacy block programmed into their timetable each day. There is also time set aside for small group and 1-1 intervention. Each class has a tutor working with them during this 2 hour literacy block.
Read, Write, Inc. is used throughout the school. This program provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. All teachers and tutors throughout the school have received professional development in its implementation.