Dear Parents and Caregivers, Konnichiwa!
Literacy and Numeracy
At Grange we continue to focus on enabling students to achieve their personal best in English/Literacy and Mathematics/Numeracy. The explicit teaching, scaffolded learning and engaging learning activities of our teachers in English and Mathematics is demonstrated in the achievement of our students across a range of assessment practices. These include
- Running Records in reading
- Progressive Achievement Tests in Reading and Mathematics
- Bright Path in Writing
- Sight and tricky word assessments
- Class assignments and tests
- Teacher judgement
- National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLaN) at years 3, 5 and 7
In Literacy and Mathematics our Senior Leaders (Carmen Fiedler and Alex Narcys) support, coach and mentor teachers in their literacy and Mathematics learning practice. Mathematics is one of the areas on our Site Improvement Plan and for the Western Adelaide Shores Partnership of preschools and schools. Our priority to improve learning and teaching in Mathematics is through-
- A consistent and coherent pedagogy in Mathematics with a strong focus on unfamiliar problem solving.
- Teachers designing low floor, high ceiling engaging learning, common assessment and moderation strategies in Mathematics
In collaboration with National experts in Mathematics, Maureen Hegarty and Tierney Kennedy, the professional learning of teachers in Mathematics is guided by their evidence based practice that supports the most learning growth of our students. The key outcome is greater numbers of students achieving in high bands of NAPLaN and receiving A’s and B’s against the Mathematics curriculum standards. NAPLaN results are due to arrive at schools over the next few weeks. Students will receive their individual results and I will also share the whole-school NAPlan outcomes.
Recently the press release below from The Minister for Education, Susan Close, was made highlighting support to lift literacy and numeracy results even further. Improving the quality and capacity of every teacher to be an even better teacher is the key to achieving further growth in literacy and numeracy at Grange. This is something that we are well on track for through the team-work approach in coaching, mentoring, support and direction from our Senior Leaders and National experts in Mathematics.
Grange is certainly moving from a good school to a consistently outstanding one.
$67.5 million funding boost to accelerate student achievement
The State Government will provide a $67.5m funding boost to public school students who have been identified as needing more help to lift literacy and numeracy across the state.
Primary school students who are not achieving expected standards or growth will benefit from dedicated intervention funds provided to their school.
Under the 4 year $67.5m Literacy and Numeracy First plan, schools will use extra funds on high-impact teaching strategies to lift student achievement. Schools will use a range of evidence-based teaching strategies, including extra teachers, literacy and numeracy coaches or targeted programs. Improvement strategies will be overseen by a newly-established independent panel of education experts.
The recent NAPLaN results show there has been improvement in numeracy across all year levels in the state, but more work is needed to lift achievement to a higher level for all students in numeracy and in literacy.
The targeted funding – for students in public primary schools – is designed to lift achievement and modernise the state’s public education system to prepare young South Australians for jobs of the future.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at Games/Sports Day on Friday the 1st of September. It promises to be a great day!
Grant Small, Principal
Grange Primary School