At Northam Primary School, we have three whole-school approaches that promote student progress and development in literacy. This programs are structured into our whole school Literacy block:
Letters and Sounds:
Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children in Kindy through to year 3.
Spelling Mastery is a six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches years 4 to 6 students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole word approach and the morphemic approach. Each approach has advantages and possible disadvantages. Spelling Mastery is designed to maximize the advantages of each approach and minimize the disadvantages.
Talk for Writing:
All students across all year levels are taught writing using Talk for Writing (T4W). T4W allows students to orally learn the language needed for a particular topic or text, before reading it and recreating it in their own writing. It focuses on high level vocabulary and is also very hands on and interactive. Talk for Writing is a very engaging way of learning to write different text types. Teachers work in teams to create highly motivating units of work, often with some fun hooks!
Students initially complete the online Lexile test which determines their Lexile Reading Measure. The score they achieve indicates the level of reading which when matched to a book of the same or similar level, the students would competently be able to read and comprehend. The Lexile test is repeated in weeks 1 and 6 of each term which enables both teachers and students to track the student’s reading progress. After completing the Lexile Test, Literacy Pro generates a list of suggested books to read based on their reading level and interests. Students can choose to read a book from this list or select a different book from the Lexile section of our School Library within their Lexile range.