For many schools, COVID-19 has disrupted the school’s implementation of PLD’s targeted teaching and tracking. Entering semester two provides most schools with the opportunity to reinstate programs and processes that may have waned in their application across the school. For other schools, semester two provides the opportunity to trial implementing PLD.  So whether you are seeking […]

The beginning of the school year is an incredibly busy time of the year. Despite the workload ahead of all of you, it is imperative that schools start their year well. With this in mind, we’ve developed the following 2020 Term 1 essential checklist for teachers, school leaders and those new to PLD which should […]

While all children develop at different times, there is an expected sequence of developmental milestones your child should be reaching. PLD have provided handy downloadable milestone guides for children aged 6 months through to 12 years.  Designed by speech pathologists, occupational therapists and educators, the comprehensive guides give an overview of the Oral Language, Literacy […]

The WA Department of Education schools focus for 2020 has just been released, have you had a chance to check it out? If not, you can view or download a copy here as a PDF: https://www.education.wa.edu.au/dl/1zxeed For 2020 Western Australian schools are, among others, focusing on: Support learners to make the best start with access […]

Have you caught up on our previous posts, The Importance of Strong Oral Language and Vocabulary Skills for Later Literacy Success and Improving Oral Language? PLD believes oral language skills form the foundations of literacy and are essential academic success. For children, repeated exposure to a rich language environment at school and in the home, […]

Oral language skills form the foundation of literacy and academic success. A solid foundation of oral language helps children become successful readers, strong communicators, as well as increasing their confidence and overall sense of well-being.   The ability to use oral language effectively impacts all areas of a child’s life; from their ability to learn in […]

The 2018 Australian Educational Publishing Awards were recently held in Melbourne. Celebrating its 25th year, the awards evening brings together publishers to acknowledge excellence and award businesses going above and beyond for the advancement of students. PLD received one of the major awards, Primary Publisher of the Year. In a field of large and international […]

Regarding tracking early reading and spelling progress from 5 years. With the changes in the National Curriculum, Foundation students (that is, Kindergarten NSW/ACT, Preparatory QLD/VIC/TAS, Pre-Primary WA, Reception SA and Transition NT), need to acquire early reading, spelling and writing skills.  This is new territory for the educators operating within this ‘Foundation’ phase of literacy […]

In the recent WA Education Department report, which highlighted the success of PLD literacy programs, Louden asked the question  – what do high performing primary schools have in common. Louden’s research reported that seven of the nine high performing schools had adopted what the researcher referred to as ‘lower variation teaching’. Lower variation teaching is […]

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 adoption of technology […]

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 […]

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.