At St Leonards our goal is for every student to be able to understand, use and reflect on written texts in order to achieve their goals, to develop their knowledge and potential, and to participate effectively in society.The Australian Curriculum and the DECD Numeracy and Literacy Strategy form the basis for our literacy teaching and learning programs.
The Australian Curriculum tells us that:
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.
In South Australia the Numeracy and Literacy (Birth to 18) Strategy describes a 5 year plan for leading Numeracy and Literacy improvement. This is a plan to give children a great start from birth, build strong foundations as they enter the education system and develop into powerful lifelong learners.
Teachers plan literacy blocks which include instruction in reading, writing, word knowledge and oral language. Jolly Phonics, Guided Reading, big books, genre writing, sight word lists and Study Ladder are all used effectively to deliver high quality literacy learning for students. Testing and data collection monitors and tracks student achievement and this includes PAT - R (comprehension), Running Records, the South Australian Spelling Test (SAST), Waddingtons Reading and Spelling tests, sight word and phonological awareness testing.
In 2014 common agreements were developed by Year Level Teams to ensure consistency across classes.We encourage parents and caregivers to be partners in literacy learning through providing support with homework, modelling the purpose of reading, providing opportunities for children to practise their literacy skills (eg writing the shopping list), reading regularly to their children and to encourage reading for meaning and enjoyment.
‘Children who are able to apply mathematical understanding and communicate effectively in a range of contexts – economic, technical, scientific and social – are best placed to succeed in education and in life’. (DECD Literacy and Numeracy Strategy).
At St Leonards we aim to develop mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills in all our students through a mathematics curriculum which engages students with carefully paced, in-depth study of critical skills and concepts. Teachers help students to become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.Teaching and Learning programs across the school are based on the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics, which is organised around three content strands and four proficiency strands.The content strands describe what is to be taught and learnt. They are:
In the Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT skills as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The skills they aquire create students who learnto make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapt to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and are able to limit the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment. We are commited to supporting and developing the on going professional development of staff and the provision of a range of ICT devices and platforms for students and staff.
The students of St Leonards School develop personal and social skills as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. Developing a culture of wellbeing involves students learning to recognise and regulate emotions, develope empathy for others and understand relationships, establish and build positive relationships, make responsible decisions, work effectively in teams, handleg challenging situations constructively and develope leadership skills.
Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capabilies is an important foundation for learning and for citizenship.