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 instruction. We have many teachers ask the question about reading […]

Diana and the team at PLD have always made it a focus to highlight the importance of phonics as part of a wider skills set for successful teaching of students from the age of 3 up to Year 6. The entirety of PLD’s resources employ a practical and highly functional style beneficial to both the […]

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 […]

We all know that students require alphabetic knowledge in order to embark on the process of learning to read and spell. However, while most parents focus on letter naming ability it is letter sound knowledge that is more important to assist with literacy learning. For example: In order to spell the basic word ‘dog’ a […]

Look-Cover-Say-Write-Check is a great strategy for children to learn new spelling words. In this PLD Literacy and Learning 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 may also wish to look at the following supportive products […]

In this PLD Literacy and Learning Insight, Diana Rigg discusses the use of technology by our children. 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 by […]

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 – short 5 minute videos designed to assist the teaching of Literacy Development principles. 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 […]

Sight words are a special high frequency category of words that students are instructed to recognise automatically. While that is the end goal, how is this ability developed and how can sight words be instructed? The following strategies can be applied to all sight words: Strategy 1: Sound-Out the Words When the high frequency sight […]

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.