Literacy focus at Prairiewood High School

TEACHERS and students at Prairiewood High School have made it a 2014 goal to improve literacy levels at the school.

There has been a change in the curriculum for students in Years 7 and 8, with literacy introducd as a subject.

Head Teacher of Literacy, Mrs DiCola, said: "Literacy is a lifelong skill that allows students to navigate within their environment."

The school's Student Literacy Council (SLiC) has also been working to promote literacy around the school.

During a school assembly they screened a clever film promoting comprehension strategies, where Year 8 student Vishaal Kumar acted as a news reporter.

SLiC members, year 11 student Kyle White, and year 10 students Edna Telarevic and Donnalyn Xu, surveyed students participating in the new literacy classes.

"The real highlight gained from their responses was a sentiment for their inherent desire to learn and use these literacy skills to improve their reading across key learning areas," said Kyle.

The survey focused on the future expectations of students, as well as levels of enjoyment and knowledge of comprehension strategies they have been learning.

In line with the strategies, teachers have completed practical workshops and training in Focus on Reading.

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