Literacy

At Marnebek we value and provide a Multi-Sensory approach to 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 plan and deliver programs targeting individual students’ goals and needs with an emphasis on student-centred learning.

At Marnebek we believe communication underpins all areas of the curriculum and daily life. 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.

Literacy at our Main Campus follows the Victorian Curriculum and is categorised into ‘Reading and Viewing’, ‘Writing’ and ‘Speaking and Listening’. We have a consistent approach to teaching and learning and use evidenced based programs which cater to our students’ diverse abilities and learning profiles.

Marnebek engages students in several whole-school Literacy programs such as Letters and Sounds, Wushka, Rip It Up Reading, Literacy Planet and Writers’ Notebook.

The Juniors also access Starfall, Sunshine Online-Literacy/Bookshop, Colourful Semantics, LiPS- phonological awareness and Handwriting Without Tears.

In our Middle school, students are introduced to VCOP and Visualising and Verbalising.

The VCAL curriculum is followed at Senior school with programs being delivered in Literacy Skills, Foundation Reading and Writing & Oral communication.  These programs are aimed at developing literary skills in the social contexts of family, employment, further learning and community.

Our dedicated staff engage in frequent ongoing Professional Development activities to further enhance their understanding and delivery of Literacy Programs and have access to an extensive range of resources and skilled personnel.

We encourage parental involvement both at home and at school.

For more information: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/documents/vcal/infosheets/vcalinfo_literacy.pdf