At Beveridge Primary School we explicitly teach the following:
What does literacy look like in Foundation?
We begin the year teaching students phonics: Letters and the sounds that match them.
Phonological awareness is how the letter sounds they learn work in words. For example, initial sound, final sound, why words rhyme and syllables in words.
At the same time, 'Developmental play' is key to the development of literacy skills early in the year. For example, students who are playing in a 'café' will write a name for the café, write the menus and write down orders from their customers.
Teachers work 1:1 with a student to co construct a sentence about the play activity they have completed. Students are encourage to write the sounds they hear.
As students begin to learn the letter sounds and how these sounds blend together to form words, students will begin to read short pieces of texts. This will be in the form of 1 to 1, small group and teacher groups.
The texts are known as ‘Decodable’. Meaning the students will be able to decode the word.
Examples of reading and writing in 'Developmental play:
The classroom teacher will work 1:1 with students to co-create a sentence and talk about what they are learning in each picture.
Our daily literacy block is designed so that students are taught specific skills relating all literacy skills.
Students will experience:
• Explicit teaching and modelling of a skill
• Guided practice in using and applying the skill
• Multiple opportunities to apply and practice the skill independently
• Small group reading
• Teacher group
Students also practice their skills by:
• Read to Self
• Read to Someone
• Listen to Reading
• Work on Writing
Take home readers from early term 1.
Formal reading instruction in small groups begins in Second Semester.
Develop oral language skills and vocabulary
What can you do to help?
ICT in Reading
ABC Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
And lots of opportunities to practice recognising letters and hearing the sounds they make.
Students will use iPads throughout the literacy sessions.