At South Bunbury Primary School, teachers are focused on English skills as a priority area for student growth across our K-6 classrooms.
Informed by an extensive body of research, teachers take a systematic and explicit approach to teaching the ‘Five Big Ideas’ in Reading and Spelling. We use the evidence-based program, Promoting Literacy Development (PLD), to guide teaching and learning in Years 2-6. This will be expanded to K-1 classrooms in 2024, replacing Letters and Sounds. PLD supports phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Comprehensive Reading, Spelling and Writing data is collected, based on a whole school assessment schedule, to ensure teachers respond to the individual needs of all students. Reading Fluency is assessed by reliable, evidence-based approaches. In Years 3-6, DIBELS is used to measure fluency and comprehension, and identify learning gaps and needs.
Our school is focused on ensuring students from Kindergarten to Year 2 are taught the phonic code, by providing decodable reading material for classroom teaching and home reading. Year 1-2 students are assessed using the Little Learners Love Literacy (LLLL) unseen decodable passage. The LLLL reading program is used for daily, paired fluency practice in junior primary classrooms.
Our school uses the powerful assessment tool, Brightpath, to drive school-wide improvement in Writing. Teachers work together to moderate writing assessments. Learning points are clearly visible to students and parents, allowing teachers to celebrate areas of growth and set clear goals for improvement.
Oral Language and Comprehension is supported by a well-resourced teacher library of quality literature resources and the promotion of a play-based curriculum. An oral language comprehension program, by PLD, is used for shared home reading in Pre-Primary.
Warm-up games are used in all learning areas, allowing students to practise communication skills, such as turn-taking, clear speaking and listening. Oral language skills are further integrated across K-6 classrooms, via collaborative learning approaches, oral presentations to classmates and opportunities for public speaking at school assemblies.
Book Week and National Simultaneous Storytime are celebrated annually to promote the joys of reading, and boost engagement in stories and factual texts.
Additional support is provided to students through:
- A differentiated curriculum for Reading, Writing and Spelling, informed by data.
- Further support is delivered in small groups by education assistants trained in PLD. These intervention groups run three days a week for students in Years 1-6.