The College strives to assist students in a variety of ways by seeking to develop their full academic, social and emotional potential in order to achieve their individual goals. This includes students who need to consolidate their literacy skills and students with English as a second language. Patrician Brothers’ College ensures that effective pedagogy is explicit, systematic and flexible to meet the diverse learning needs of students. This includes collaborative practices that utilise specialist teachers and a range of relevant assessment strategies to monitor and support student progress in literacy.
Subject specific literacy resources have been especially designed for the teaching of writing and reading structures specific to each subject and in many cases each task. Literacy achievements are monitored and students' progress is tracked using a variety of means. These include school assessment, TORCH test results, Allwell Academic test results and NAPLAN results.
Initiatives such as the Reading Spheres (Accelerated Reading Program), Year 7 and 9 SRA Reading Program and Multilit are aimed at developing reading comprehension skills, from recall to more complex interpreting skills. A comprehensive cross-curricular Spelling program also runs at the College over the year, concluding a Spelling Bee in Semester 2. The PEEL writing model is used across all KLAs at the College and students’ language learning is scaffolded through modelling, guiding, joint construction and independent construction of texts throughout teaching units.
Ongoing professional development in the area of literacy has resulted in KLAs developing structures, scaffolds and models that enhance our students’ literacy skills appropriate to the tasks and literacy demands of each subject. Teachers analyse assessment data to gain an understanding of the literacy practices and the diverse and individual needs of their students. This includes assessment of learning, assessment for learning and results in a targeted response for students. All teachers are teachers of language and literacy and have high expectations of all students.
The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an everyday part of the school calendar since 2008.
NAPLAN tests the sorts of skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life, such as reading, writing, spelling and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken nationwide, every year, in the second full week in May.
NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four areas (or ‘domains’) of:
NAPLAN tests skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time through the school curriculum.