"No student is too anything to be able to read and write” David Yodder 2000.
Currumbin Community Special School is committed to implementing a balanced and multi-level approach to literacy instruction based on the Four Blocks Framework developed by Patricia Cunningham and Dorothy Hall.
The adapted version, Four Blocks for Students with Disabilities (SWD), by staff at Centre of Literacy and Disability Studies (CLDS) at the University of North Carolina was modified specifically for SWD. The Four Blocks approach varies according to the needs of every individual student. The Building Blocks Framework of the Four Blocks approach ensures students are taught to read and write in a developmentally appropriate way (Hall & Williams 2000). It follows the mantra of ‘A Balanced Literacy Diet’.
Balanced literacy for our emergent students involves key strategies including: letters, sounds and phonological awareness, self-selected reading, writing and shared reading.
Balanced literacy for our conventional students involves key strategies including: working with words, self-selected reading, shared reading, independent writing and reading comprehension.
Balanced Literacy at Currumbin Community Special School is an integral part of our curriculum delivery.