Greenhills places a strong emphasis on the development of sound Literacy and Numeracy skills in students across all year levels. Dedicated, structured Literacy and Numeracy sessions are conducted daily, where children work on developing their knowledge and understanding through a variety of group and individual tasks.

This includes our 'Targeted Growth' Program which operates across the school where all students participate in 100 minutes of specific and targeted teaching and learning with peers at a similar level, or who have a similar learning style. Groups are formed depending on student need, student abilities and/or student achievement in the area of focus. The focus of the Targeted Numeracy and Literacy sessions are based on whole school data, teacher observation and assessment and whole school Literacy and Numeracy goals from our Strategic Plan.

Parents are deeply involved with our Literacy and Numeracy program, at home and by participating at school when they can, and we believe this involvement is key to achieving the best outcomes possible. We value and support effective parent involvement and provide parent helpers' training in Literacy and Numeracy.

Literacy

Years Prep to 4

The teaching of Literacy at Greenhills Primary school provides the foundation skills, strategies and attitudes for future learning. We follow the guidelines as set out by the Victorian Early Years Literacy Strategy. The children work on developing their base knowledge and understanding of Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening.

Years 5 and 6

The teaching of Literacy at this level follows an extension to the Early Years Literacy Strategy used from Prep-4, combined with relevant elements of the Middle Years of Schooling Strategy. In addition to books (both fiction and non-fiction), magazines, newspaper articles and ICT are incorporated to enhance the children's Literacy acquisition. Using multimedia technologies and developing 'multi-literacies' in students helps to prepare them in the transition to secondary School.

Numeracy

Students are given the opportunity to develop application skills, concepts and processes, so that they can deal confidently and competently with Maths in daily life and further study. The Mathematics classroom program recognises the developmental nature of mathematical learning and takes into consideration the student's prior knowledge, needs, interests and experiences.

Numeracy sessions emphasise practical problem solving activities along with the acquisition of mathematical concepts. Students use a variety of physical and on-line resources, and mathematical aids to assist them in developing confidence and competence in their mathematical growth. The use of powerful teaching approaches together with grouping strategies (one-to-one, small group and whole class) and delivery of activities that cater for a variety of learning styles enable students to be challenged according to their abilities. Each week we also have 'Targeted Growth' groups for Numeracy with the aim to provide instruction and inquiry for every student at a level which challenges them to think and grow mathematically.

Prep to Year 2

The classroom program takes into account stages of mathematical growth and reflects teachers' planning and selection of appropriate learning contexts and activities. Students are mainly exposed to 'hands on' activities where mathematical concepts are expressed through language, the arts and play. A variety of manipulative materials are used extensively to develop understanding in all areas and to particularly emphasise the essential components in number and measurement.

Year 3 to Year 6

Incorporating the above methodologies, students are further challenged to develop an understanding of more complex mathematical concepts. For example, students are formally introduced to the times tables, along with fractions, decimals, percentages and algebra. Activities are presented in a fun and interesting way. Further stimulation to explore mathematical ideas occurs at this level using learning technologies and specialised programs such as 'Earn and Learn' (bi-annual) to enrich numeracy development.