Literacy and Numeracy
In 2018, the team at Grovelands Primary School continued the implementation of our whole school policies and plans in Literacy and Numeracy. This included the implementation of Literacy & Numeracy Blocks utilising the iSTAR model for lesson design. To inform this approach, staff utilised collaborative opportunities to analyse school and system data, reflecting on student performance, and rigorously evaluating their planning and assessment practices. This was led by our Deputy Principal, Curriculum and Performance Development in collaboration with our Teacher-Leaders in Literacy and Numeracy. The Teacher- Leaders also mentored Teachers across the school to lift skills and advance our curriculum priorities.
The Administration conducted classroom walkthroughs each Term, with a focus on providing feedback to Teachers around lesson design. Teachers worked in Triads, conducting peer observations utilising Swivl technology to share and reflect on their practice. Teachers at like levels met in groups using a case management approach to identify, monitor and assess student progress and assess the impact of classroom practices and programs.
The process of the implementation of EALD Progress Maps began in 2017, with the goal of better supporting identified students with the acquisition of Standard Australian English. A review was conducted into our whole school approaches to the explicit teaching of oral language and phonics. This informed our strategic direction in our operational plan for Literacy in 2018.
To promote Literacy across the school, several events were conducted in 2017. These included Literacy Month, Book Week, and National Simultaneous Storytime.