The Greenhouse - Literacy Support
Our Special Education personnel develop and provide programmes specific to the needs of children with a variety of learning deficits or special aptitudes.
Disabilities range from severe impairment to just one area of learning difficulty, while giftedness can require an extension programme.
Teachers, teacher aides and peer tutors staff the Special Education Department. They use a wide range of diagnostic techniques to monitor pupils' progress.
In addition they:
· Give withdrawal and in-class help
· Set regular home/school remedial work
· Design suitable programmes
· Make appropriate resources
· Have regular conferencing with staff
· Hold Individual Education Plan meetings
· Generally provide an environment that supports and motivates the learners.
If you have any concerns about your child's performance, please contact the Literacy Support Co‑ordinator, Mrs Val Brownlie.
What Students say:
Working on the Lexia computer programme.
We come to the Green House to get extra help with literacy. One of the activities is ‘Lexia Reading’. This is a programme done on-line on the computer. It helps you with your letters, short and long vowels, sight words, sentences and paragraphs and two-syllable words.
In the Green House we have six messy goldfish. When it comes time to clean the fish tank, our group gets to clean it. First we have to catch the fish with a little net and put them in a bowl of water. Next we empty the fish tank, put the pebbles and weed in a different bowl, and then wash out the tank. Once everything is clean we put the pebbles in, and then fill it back up with water. In go the fish and they are happy for another couple of weeks.
By Cade Nicholls
We come to the Green House four times a week for extra help with our reading, writing and spelling. We do heaps of work like computer skills and ‘Lexia Cross Trainer’. Cross Trainer is a programme on the computer that is a bit like a ‘Playstation’, but it’s more to do with map skills and thinking games. One of the activities is called ‘Tangrams’. There is a picture made with shapes displayed on the left of the screen and you have to match this picture with the shapes on the right side of the screen. As it gets harder, the picture on the left only stays on the screen for a few seconds so you have to create the image from memory.
We also learn a heap of computer skills like how to copy and paste pictures onto our work.
By Alex Solly