Programs offered by our Senior Teacher Literacy and Numeracy (STL&N)
ELF (Early Literacy Foundations)
The ELF program is designed to build increasingly complex sensory-motor and phonological skills over a 12 week sequence and each session builds from basic to more complex activities. This program is run in small groups in the early years of school for both support and extension.
Students requiring support with their phonics (letter sound recognition) may take part in this multisensory program. Students are taught the 42 sounds of the English language using visual, physical and musical cues as well as developing handwriting, and early reading skills.
Visualising and Verbalising
The V&V program fosters the development of concept imagery (or the ability to ‘make a movie in your mind as you are reading’). This in turn improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.
PAL (Phonological Awareness in Literacy)
PAL is a program that is used in the middle years at Dutton Park as a follow on from ELF for those who still require this structure. It ensures sound-letter links for digraphs and short and long vowels, as well as developing automatic recognition of common prefixes and suffixes.
QAR extension group
Question Answer Relationships is Dutton Park State School’s comprehension program. It enables students to continually question what they are reading as well as improve their inferential understanding of texts. Students are selected in Year 2 for the extension program and work in small groups throughout the year on texts that increase in difficulty.
20 Questions extension group
Students are chosen each year to participate in the ‘20 Questions’ maths group run each week in Years 3 and 5. Problem solving strategies are explicitly taught for multi-step word problems, questions requiring visualisation or multiplicative thinking, as well as problems involving a choice in operations.
In-class or small group support
If your child has been identified as someone who is need of extra support in literacy or numeracy, they will receive in-class support or if this is not possible, be taken to a room nearby in a small group to work on their specific learning needs.