We all have an instinctive desire to communicate. The development of language facilitates this desire, and enhances our thinking and understanding. Language helps us to make meaning of our world.
Our students learn language, learn about language, and learn through language. Wherever possible, language skills are developed within a real life context, within their units of inquiry.
There is a focus on:
Oral Language – speaking and listening
Visual Language – viewing and presenting
Written Language – reading and writing
Our program recognises the key stages in the acquisition of literacy skills. Students progress through the following stages of learning: Laying the Foundations, Building Breadth and Depth and Developing Pathways. Essential features of our program are: explicit teaching using various strategies such as guided and reciprocal reading and literature circles, modelled, shared and interactive writing. Students are matched to appropriate text and continual monitoring and assessment occurs regularly. The home / school partnership is fostered to develop daily reading habits.
At Kunyung Primary School, we believe that the teaching of language has a crucial role to play in equipping learners with the language skills they need to become effective learners in their own communities, the world of work and society in general.
Each year, students in year 1 who are having difficulty learning to read and write, are selected for a series of Reading Recovery lessons. Reading Recovery enables children to become active and independent readers and writers, better able to join in the daily literacy activities of the classroom. One of the key ways in which students are selected is through an Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement. This is administered individually to students and assesses their skills in the following areas: letter identification, word knowledge, print concepts, writing vocabulary, phonemic awareness and text reading level. In addition to the Observation Survey, the early years’ team will identify students based on observation in the classroom.