Kurunjang Secondary College’s whole school approach to literacy allows all students at Years 7 and 8 to develop their literacy skills.
Literacy skills are all the skills needed for reading and writing. They include such things as awareness of the sounds of language, awareness of print and the relationship between letters and sounds. Other literacy skills include the development of vocabulary, spelling and reading comprehension.
Every student is tested to find out exactly what skills need to be developed. According to their test results, students are placed into literacy groups. Each group has a specially structured program of lessons to build students’ skills.
If students are identified as needing support with letters, sounds and word recognition they are provided with intensive assistance to boost their skill. Students also complete oral language activities, comprehension activities and choral reading to bolster their fluency.
Students who experience difficulty in making meaning of what they read are explicitly taught the skills involved in the reading process. Students engage a number of comprehension strategies such as, Reciprocal Teaching. The oral language activities at this level are designed to give students more opportunities to use language formally and participate in discussion. Furthermore, students who are reading at the expected level for their age or above are catered for with critical thinking strategies. The aim is to challenge students to think about how best they learn and to adopt a variety of learning strategies to improve their ability to retain information or acquire knowledge.
Kurunjang Secondary College’s literacy program is research based and adheres to a robust structure of tailored lessons and activities all of which ensures that students are receiving the right level of support and challenge to achieve success as learners.