At Katandra we value and provide a Multi-Sensory approach to English/Literacy curriculum delivery. Our Literacy learning program combines rich indoor and outdoor play experiences with guided learning activities that encourage students to develop at their own pace and within their zone of proximal development. Our teachers recognise the need for programs to be delivered in a way that recognises individual student goals and needs with an emphasis on student centred learning.
At Katandra we believe communication underpins all areas of the curriculum and daily life, and that all students have the capacity and the right to communicate, and to be engaged in genuine opportunities to learn to communicate whether through spoken language or some form of augmentative and/or alternative communication e.g. picture symbols, signs or speech generating devices.
English at Katandra follows the Victorian Curriculum and is categorised into ‘Reading and Viewing’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Speaking and listening’. Literacy and the development of speaking and listening, early reading and writing are designed around central ideas and the use of big books.
We have a consistent approach to teaching and learning of Literacy at Katandra. We use evidenced based programs, which cater to our student’s diverse abilities and learning profiles. We use a variety of teaching resources, which target reading, phonological awareness, comprehension, oral language, communication, and writing.
Some of the programs we use in our school are;
- Letters and Sounds – Phase 1 to 6,
- LiPS phonological awareness
- Literacy Planet
- Levelled readers
- Writing without tears
- Colourful Semantics
- -Alphabetic Code
- -Jolly Phonics
- -SPELD readers
- VCOP, Big write and the cold write.
In 2020 we will introduce ‘Rip it up reading’ and ‘Café reading’ to our Reading programs.