Foundation Getting Started with PLD
Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD/VIC/TAS), Reception (SA), Transition (NT)
The Foundation school year is one of the most important years of schooling. This is the year that students learn to read, spell and write. This page provides Foundation teachers with a step by step guide to using PLD in the classroom.
Within this page, the most commonly asked questions – What to teach? When to teach? How to cater for the range in ability? What to screen? When to screen? How to screen? How to report on the data collected? – have been answered along with an outline of PLD’s evidence-based programs and parent education resources.
Successfully using PLD’s approach in a Foundation classroom involves:
- Professional Development
- Consistent Student Screening & Tracking
- Evidence-based Programs
Classroom teachers should begin by enrolling in professional development. Whether new to PLD this year, requiring a refresher (if the last training was 3+ years) or changing year levels we have listed out the options below.
- Option 1: The most time-efficient and cost-effective way to upskill with PLD is by enrolling the Learning to read, spell and write in Foundation online course. The four hour course covers Australian Professional Development Standards.
- Videos 1 & 2 relate to semester 1. (Installment 1 is available as a free preview)
- Videos 3 & 4 relate to semester 2.
- Option 2: Book and attend one of the PLD Literacy and Learning seminars held throughout Australia.
If PLD Foundation professional development has been completed within the last three years, jump ahead to Step 2.
PLD have created downloadable implementation manuals that will assist with a step-by-step, term-by-term process. The resources underpin both the PLD’s teaching and Screening & Tracking process.
- What to teach? When to teach? How to cater for the range in ability? Download the Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual which extensively outlines Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor teaching and learning outcomes.
- What to screen? When to screen? How to screen? and How to report on the data? Download the Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual. Each manual outlines detailed instructions, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules.
- Foundation Phonic & High Frequency Words Teaching Sequence Charts for each semester underpin the Teaching, Screening & Tracking required each term. Download the school and home versions, which have the year and semester identifiers removed, below.
- Parent Education Downloads contain developmental milestones, information sheets, reference guides and links to the parent education videos for each semester. PLD believes the best literacy outcomes are achieved when school and home work together. Download the semester 1 booklet below, the semester 2 booklet will be available in 2021.
Get ready to use the PLD Tracking Sheets in a classroom setting
- Register for and download the PLD Tracking Sheets HERE. Note: For whole-school implementation, this should already be completed by a school leader or admin.
- Convert the sheets into a ‘cloud-based’ format and store them in a central location. Do not use the sheets in an Excel format.
- Enter the details of each class on an individual tab.
- Enter the student names and any notes relating to that student into the related column e.g. ESL, ASD, low attendance, Epilepsy.
Watch Diana Rigg explain how to enter and report on classroom screening
How to Screen & Track with PLD
1: Screen the students in the class
Within Term 1, conduct pre-literacy targeted teaching and screening. The screening reviews student phonemic awareness, phonological awareness and alphabet sounds skill development. Scores are entered into the Tracking Sheets.
After Term 1, many of the students progress from pre-literacy skills into reading and spelling targeted teaching and screening.
2: Enter the results into the PLD Tracking Sheets
The results from each round of screening will need to be entered into the PLD Tracking Sheets. To assist with entering the data, refer to the Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual which comprehensively outlines PLD’s Screening & Tracking process.
Using the tracking sheets effectively requires confidence with three key spreadsheet skills. If required, PLD have provided assistance with these functions in the training video below.
3: Cluster the class into three targeted teaching groups
Rather than arranging students in alphabetical order, establish a targeted implementation plan in which high performing, average and delayed students are grouped together to create three teaching groups.
PLD’s titles are based on international research, independently assessed by third parties and constantly updated as new research becomes available.
Each of PLD’s Essential resources are available in a Foundation Starter Pack. The Starter Packs contain programs across literacy, oral language and movement & motor, all with a 15% discount attached. These programs are essential to successful PLD implementation. In the Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual, we have explained which programs are required for each term.
PLD’s Evidence-based Programs
Confident with the PLD Approach and looking for more resources?
Decodable Reading Books (From Term 2)
Unsure what PLD programs the school already has or are needed? Print off the resource checklist below. This form can be used to establish current titles in the school but also to identify essential titles required for each classroom.
Download the essential Screening & Tracking tools for this year including:
- Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual.
- Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual.
- Foundation Phonics & High Frequency Words Teaching Sequence Charts.
- This semester’s ‘Parent Education Sheets’.
Download and set up the Tracking Sheets, if not already completed by the school leader or admin. Watched both the videos:
Reviewed the essential programs already in the school and selected which programs are needed for the year ahead.
This four-step process should enable Foundation teachers to implement effective Structured Synthetic Phonics (SSP) within their classes. This will contribute towards Foundation students achieving a positive start to their schooling.
If you have a question about implementing PLD or any of the steps listed above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch through our online chat in the bottom right corner of this screen. We are happy to help.