The Language Skills program is offered to students in Years 7 to 10 who demonstrate the need for support with literacy skills. The Language Skills curriculum has been developed by Glennie’s Learning Support Teacher. It gives students the opportunity to focus on the foundation skills of literacy; reading, comprehension, writing, proof reading and spelling. The goal of improving these important skills is critical to the entire education of the students involved.
The Language Skills class is taught by the Learning Support Teacher and supported through small class sizes, flexible individual programs, a high interest/low ability library and a class set of iPads.
Literacy and Numeracy Program
The Literacy and Numeracy Program (LANP) is offered to Year 9 students identified by teachers as being ‘at risk’ of not achieving their potential in Senior Years. As the name suggests, the program focuses both on the literacy and numeracy skills required for success in Senior Years.
ISQ Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy
Junior Years teachers participate in the Independent Schools Queensland, Literacy and Numeracy Coaching Academy (LNCA). A coach works with Glennie Junior Years teachers, supported by the LNCA. The coach helps teachers develop their skills, using the most effective approaches for improving literacy and numeracy achievement for students. Through job-embedded, continuous learning, teachers are able to ensure their classroom strategies benefit all students.
Learning Support in Junior Years
Identification of students requiring Learning Support
At the beginning of each school year, Glennie girls complete a series of standardised tests e.g. spelling, reading comprehension and mathematics. This gives the school an initial picture of each girl's ability and identifies any areas of concern. It is then compared with data from the previous year to determine which students are most in need of additional support. The Learning Support Teachers work in collaboration with classroom teachers, to discuss, monitor and design programs.
Students have different learning styles and interests, and may learn at a different pace or in a different way to their peers. With a diverse range of abilities across each year level, some students have additional learning needs and require assistance to help them achieve success at their own level.
Selected students attend the ‘Learning Lab’ to participate in guided learning activities with a Learning Support teacher. This provides the girls with an opportunity to consolidate their understanding of core content, through discussion, hands-on learning activities, engagement with interactive technology, and participation using many of our online learning programs. The girls look forward to coming to the Learning Lab – it allows them to learn within a relaxed environment, where they can concentrate and share their ideas and thoughts in an uninhibited way. The girls not only develop their literacy and numeracy skills, but they improve in confidence and self-esteem, and become more willing to have a go and take risks with their learning.
Supporting students with additional learning needs
Learning support students participate in small group literacy and/or numeracy intervention. A small number of students receive individual instruction to target and improve specific learning challenges. At times, Learning Support staff work with students in the classroom, alongside the class teacher.