At Pearcedale Primary we use a number of reading strategies to support students in their reading development.
We use a range of effective reading instructions to the teaching and learning of reading at PPS such as modelling reading (including thinking aloud, sharing reading, guided reading and independent reading. We provide opportunities to maximise engaged reading and deep thinking about texts through practices such as CLOSE reading, Guided reading, Literature circles and Reciprocal teaching, or through providing prompts to promote extended talk about texts. At PPS, we include explicit instruction of foundational early literacy skills, such as phonics, as well as knowledge about language and all textual codes for example, visual literacy.
The main intention of CLOSE reading is to engage students in the reading of complex texts.
Close Reading is repeat reading of a short text or extract , where the students annotate the short text or extract to reflect thinking.The teacher uses questioning to guide analysis and discussion then the students engage in extended discussions and analysis of the text
Reading Strategies are taught weekly and help students with decoding and comprehension. Some examples of ‘Fluency Strategies’ include, breaking the word up into syllables, skipping the word and coming back and trading the word for another and then backing up and rereading. Some examples of Comprehension strategies include summarizing, predicting and inferring.
The BIG Three looks at three areas of reading the school has identified as a major priority for all students making inferences, nonfiction text features and figurative language.
Guided reading is a small focus group of students that unpack texts with teacher support. These groups consist of 4-5 students from Grades Foundation to Four. These groups are done daily and focus on student reading goals.
Reciprocal Reading is a small reading group of students where each student has a particular role for that session. The roles include: the predictor, summariser, questioner and clarifier. These groups happen daily and link to comprehension with a focus on the discussion between students.
At Pearcedale Primary school we follow the writing workshop model. It is designed to offer a simple and predictable learning environment. The workshop includes a mini lesson, modelled, shared, independent and interactive writing. Each week incorporates three writing skill lessons, a FREE writing session and a Writer’s Ideas book session. During the writing skill lessons, teachers have a conference group where students work on their writing goals with the support of the teacher. Within the year we cover the following genres, Narrative, Persuasive, Information Report, Descriptive, Poetry, Explanation and Procedures.
SMART Spelling looks at both the systematic teaching of spelling each week and also personal words. We teach in patterns as much as possible, so teachers choose a range of words. Students are then guided to choose from that list, to meet different needs. Students take these words home each week and are expected to practise them each night.