This term, the teachers at Pt England School are taking part in ongoing Reading PD to try to create a common language when teaching our students how to read. We have noticed that we have a large number of students in our school who get stuck at that 8-9 year old reading level. We have also realised over the years that a number of these students often struggle during the first few years of school to reach that 8 year old reading level. By creating a common teaching language and technique across our school, we hope that student success will be seen year to year.
As a way to develop our common language, the Reading Committee is taking a look at "The Reading Book" by Sheena Cameron and Louise Dempsey (2019). Prior to the Covid-19, Auckland Level 3 Lockdown Round 2 (Term 3, 2020), the Reading Committee was taking a closer look at a few pages from this book as we developed the next phase of the on-going professional development.
Some of the key ideas when looking at students who are learning to read are:
- Getting Ready for Reading
- Build phonic awareness and develop visual skills
- Students need to hear, identify and make general letter sounds
- Share rhymes, alliterations, action songs, poems
- Break words into syllables with claps
- Learning to Read
- Hear and identify initial sounds
- Learn letter names and sounds
- Hear and identify initial letter sounds of a word
- Hear and identify final word sounds
- Hear and identify find sound in word
- Identify letters that are part of the sound
- Developing Independence
- Hear and identify medial vowel sounds in CVC words
- Break CVC words into 3-4 phonemes
- Begin to recognise and identify digraph sounds (if present)
- Hear and identify clusters of consonants
- Becoming Proficient
- Introduce common long vowel sounds
- Introduce other long vowel sounds (ie-car, fast)
- Prior Knowledge: What do I already know?
- Structure/syntax: Does that sound right?
- Meaning/semantics: Does this make sense?
- Visual/ Graphophonic information: Does that look right?