The curriculum requires teachers to consider visual literacy and multimodal texts in their teaching, so that students can understand how visual elements create meaning. Visual knowledge is currently recognised as one of the four organising elements of literacy. The National Curriculum lists these elements as text knowledge, word knowledge, grammar knowledge and visual knowledge.
The National Curriculum document also refers to the use of multimodal texts. It describes multimodal texts as the combination of two or more communication modes (for example, print, image and spoken text, as in film or computer presentations)
To meet these requirements, our Specialist Educators have created a Visual Literacy Package, containing 3 separate topical units of work for students aged 4-18. All three units are classroom ready and include a clear focus, sets of questions, engaging activities as well as detailed teacher notes. These units fit into the National Curriculum literacy continuum, in particular the comprehending and composing of texts with visual knowledge and using a wide variety of multimodal texts.
The overall outcomes from these three units of work are:
- To promote discussion and critical thinking in relation to visual images.
- To teach students how to make meaning from visual images.
- To enhance students’ verbal and written literacy skills through discussion and written responses.
1. Visual literacy based on UNICEF photographs taken of children in schools in Africa.
Fourteen lessons for students aged 4-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-18.
Activities and teaching notes included, covering areas of visual literacy such as the language of position, gestures, symbolism, perspective, lines and vectors and camera angles.
2. Cycling photographs linked to the Australian charity ride Tour de Cure.
Eight lessons for students in Primary and Lower Secondary classrooms.
Activities and teaching notes included, covering areas of visual literacy such as symbols and logos, focus, colour, perspective, context and repetitive elements.
3. Lyrebirds Remember wordless book and video clip with related activities.
12 lessons to go with our new and original wordless book Lyrebird Remembers and the related BBC David Attenborough video.
These activities are written for students in Primary and Lower Secondary classes and cover the many aspects of visual literacy learning such as foreground and background, technology in literacy, the use of colour, lines and vectors, angle and direction, framing and symbols.
This unit of work also satisfies the National Curriculum requirement of teaching multi modal texts.