Literacy

 

Literacy capability has a 97% correlation to success in Year 12 and at Findon High School, we take a whole school approach to developing this critical, and always evolving set of demands. The Australian Curriculum defines literacy as, “the knowledge and skills students need to access, understand, analyse and evaluate information, make meaning, express thoughts and emotions, present ideas and opinions, interact with others and participate in activities at school and in their lives beyond school. Becoming literate is not simply about knowledge and skills. Certain behaviours and dispositions assist students to become effective learners who are confident and motivated to use their literacy skills broadly.

Support through Intervention

  • Multi-lit Reading intervention program
  • Analysis of NAPLAN results through student/teacher conferencing and development of action individual Literacy Action Plans through the Personal Learning Plan

 

Building teacher capacity through Professional Development

Staff have been trained in a variety of quality literacy development courses, including:

  • Literacy For Learning
  • Tactical Teaching Reading
  • Stepping Out Writing

Data analysis informs the practical application of these Professional Learning experiences and teachers spend time considering the literacy achievement of the students they teach when designing their teaching and learning programs.

 

Celebrating literacy through Whole school events

Findon has established a culture of celebration around literacy development through the implementation of a variety of whole school events, including:

  • The Literacy and Numeracy Olympics
  • The Semi-Colon Shield Spelling Bee
  • The Premier’s Reading Challenge
  • The Great Book Swap

 

Future Directions – 2016 and beyond

  • Development of a whole school genre map
  • Continuation of a dynamic staff professional development, responsive to achievement data