All classrooms follow the same literacy structure which links all components of the ‘Big 6’ (oral language, phonological knowledge, phonics instruction, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension) in an authentic and genuine way. Coupled with strategic teaching using the Science of Reading Knowledge, our students are learning information in the way that our brain is able to store and retrieve it. We also acknowledge and ensure our planning recognises the important link between oral language, reading and writing and we ensure that our lessons interlink all 3 components in our literacy block and into all our learning areas. After all we speak, read and write in every subject area.
Reading at Narrawong District Primary School
Systematic synthetic phonics instruction daily (Sounds Write)
Building background knowledge – lots of non-fiction content
Explicit vocabulary instruction
Short texts and reading passages first, building up to extended reads
Modelling of fluent, expressive reading via class novel, picture books
Questioning whilst reading
Words in context – cloze comprehension
Link reading and writing – use the vocab in your writing - encoding – scaffold
Retrieval opportunities regularly (Powerful teaching)
Explicit teaching of metacognitive strategies where students engage in thinking and discussing their own learning
Writing at Narrawong District Primary School
2020 is a new era for our writing practice at NDPS. By the end of this year, we will have enacted the following programs.
We begin our writing journey (in Foundation and Year 1) with the Talk 4 Writing process of Imitation, Innovation and Invention. Students learn to orally recite and act out popular stories through listening and reading. The teacher maps out the story using pictures to aid student’s memory. Students are then supported to internalise the language patterns, text features, and structure to create their own version on a different topic. Over time, the students move towards independent writing as they create texts of their choosing.
Once students develop their love of writing through the Talk 4 Writing process, we then move to teaching the students using the Writing Revolution which is an explicit set of evidence based strategies for teaching writing. It focusses on the Hochman method for teaching writing. It builds from sentences to compositions and are embedded in curriculum across all content areas and grade levels. The method enables students to master the skills that are essential if they are to become competent writers, which in turn assists with reading and communication and therefore elevates their thinking and understanding of our world.