Reading

Beginning Reading
Word Study/Spelling

Senior School (Grades 3 to 6)

Reading

Junior School (Prep to Grade 2)

Reading for Junior School students involves:

  • Beginning Reading
  • Special Assistance
  • Sound Waves phonemic awareness program
  • Language Experience
  • Theme Learning

Beginning Reading
Year Prep is a preparation year for all aspects of schooling and reading is no exception. We aim to:

  • impart the understanding that print carries a message;
  • promote enjoyment through story reading and telling;
  • develop an interest in and love of books;
  • introduce a variety of literature;

Strategies we use:

  • oral reading with teacher and parent helpers;
  • home reading;
  • serial reading by the teacher;
  • partner reading – a competent reader partners a beginning reader;
  • retelling stories verbally or through drama;
  • close activities and other comprehension activities;
  • silent reading to oneself;
  • taped stories;
  • chorus reading;
  • rhymes, tongue twisters and poems;
  • un-jumbling sentences;
  • orally presenting written work to the class;
  • Word/picture matching.

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Word Study/Spelling
Children learn to spell best when they understand that correct spelling helps others to understand the story they are trying to write. They learn to spell by writing and by developing a real interest in the way words are spelt.

It is anticipated that children will develop this interest through writing, reading, and class activities. It is also anticipated that children will develop word attack skills which involve:

  • knowing the letters of the alphabet by shape, name and sound
  • hearing sounds at the beginning, middle, and end of words
  • blending sounds to read a word (eg c a t says 'cat')
  • being familiar with common blends (eg st, tr)
  • being familiar with phonemes (eg ee, ea)

Direct teaching strategies we use:

  • class words – look, say, cover, write, check
  • phonics exercises with Sound Waves spelling program
  • flash cards
  • word lists
  • dictionary skills
  • spelling games
  • have a go
  • wall stories where we highlight common sounds or letter formations, discuss word construction and meaning

Children are taught the simple conventions of punctuation – capital letters, full stops and question marks. They learn the difference between fact and fiction, a question and a statement.

As their skills develop, they learn to be semi-independent writers using resources such as word lists and their own dictionaries. They are introduced to the word processor, learn to write up stories, edit their own work and print them for publication.

Strategies we use:

  • modelling by classroom teacher and other children
  • picture writing
  • conversation writing
  • journal writing
  • letter writing
  • class books
  • wall stories
  • individual stories

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Senior School (Grades 3 to 6)

Home reading continues to be important through grades 3 to 6.

Children are encouraged to read by:

  • silent reading in the classroom
  • visits to the school library
  • taking home books to read
  • class serials
  • comprehension activities
  • activities centred around a chosen book
  • story telling
  • taped stories
  • Reading to the class, a friend, the teacher and/or parents/carers
  • Theme work

Specific skills of word attack, comprehension, analysis and evaluation are actively taught. We aim to:

  • continue to develop an interest in and love of books not just for relaxation but also with an understanding that books impart knowledge
  • introduce a variety of literature
  • develop an enjoyment of story reading and telling
  • continue to encourage reading with expression and fluency
  • ensure that each child develops confidence as a reader and enjoys reading now and in the future
  • provide real purposes for reading eg. Information, leisure

Word Study/Spelling
Again, children continue to build on their skills learnt in Junior School. Regularly, theme words are used in spelling lessons as it has been found that when they relate to other activities, words offer more meaning to the children.

Dictionary and thesaurus practice is part of the spelling program as are spelling games, basic Latin and Greek roots, playing with words – as in puns, rhyming, anagrams, palindromes, etc. Our aim is to encourage children to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, words.

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