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During April and May 2015, Emeritus Professor Bill Louden investigated and prepared a case study report on the school operations and pedagogical practices in place in nine high performing primary schools as measured by NAPLAN. The intention of the investigation was to inform the Department of Education’s understanding of the conditions required for a school […]

Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check is a great strategy for children learning to spell. In this PLD insight, Diana Rigg discusses how to gain the maximum benefit from this technique. The video demonstrates how to slow down and focus children on the process. You can download this poster HERE. Print the poster to display in your classroom or as […]

In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses the use of technology by our children, how much technology time. Following a thought provoking article released in the West Australian Newspaper, communicating Telstra’s recent research on smartphone use in 3-17 year olds, Diana Rigg discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by the proliferation and widespread […]

Following on from our previous popular post on Teaching Spelling in Junior Primary is this new post on applying the concepts to Middle and Upper Primary. So welcome again to another PLD Literacy and Learning Insight.  These short 5 minute videos are designed to assist the teaching of Literacy Development. Today’s Teaching Tip is about […]

Welcome to another PLD Literacy and Learning Insight – short 5 minute videos designed to assist the teaching of Literacy Development principles.   Today’s Teaching Tip is about Teaching Spelling in Junior Primary and specifically. How to slow children down to ‘sound-out’ as they spell and write. Spelling is more difficult than reading. It is relatively […]

This video clip provides a model of the pronunciation of each of the alphabet sounds with an Australian accent. The viewing of the clip aims to assist those working with children to articulate the best model of the common sound linked to each alphabetic symbol and thereby assist the transition to early reading, spelling and writing.

The Junior Primary Spelling Activities resource is intended to provide a definition of synthetic phonics and related skills, an understanding of the importance of synthetic phonics, and practical suggestions for how to teach synthetic phonics within the classroom.

There is little benefit to students if words are spelled correctly within the spelling cycle (when they are most familiar) but that long-term knowledge is not established.

There is currently insufficient handwriting instruction in Australian schools and children’s handwriting has become slower because they practice less.When handwriting becomes automatic, children can concentrate on what they are writing not how they are writing. A multisensory approach appears to have significant advantages in developing handwriting skills and a consistent reading and handwriting font is recommended to enhance children’s handwriting and literacy acquisition. Through establishing ideal handwriting technique, each student’s potential for academic success will be maximised.

As children reach middle primary school, developed language skills are critical for gaining academic understanding of content and information as well as communicating socially.In this era, many daily activities do not require children to have to use language. For example: watching tv, playing computer games, using a playstation, sitting quietly on their DS, watching DVDs whilst driving…

A PLD customer asks; “We are going to have Parent/Teacher interviews soon as we want to “share” and “source” as much information with parents as possible as early as possible. I believe that there are questions early childhood teachers should ask parents about the child’s development since birth. Can you please be of assistance.

At what age should children be able to aurally discriminate between “th” and “f”? This is a great question which we are often asked. The aim of this post is to help provide strategies which you can adopt when working with children who struggle with the differences between these sounds.

We love getting such great feedback on the PLD literacy development program and its materials. The following testimonial demonstrates how even with poor student entry levels a quality program with quality instruction and delivery can still produce positive outcomes.

We love getting feedback from users of our programs and learning the impact these programs can have in everyday classroom situations. We recently received the following email regarding our Developing Narrative Skills Program which we have shared with you today.