Foundation – Early Reading Profile

Year Level: Foundation

Tracking the emergence of early decoding and word reading.

The Early Reading Profile – Foundation Year is designed to track the emergence of decoding and word reading. The screen can be used to track skill development each term. The screen provides information about the development of decoding ability (i.e. blending sounds, onset-rime blending or whole word reading) in addition to assessing knowledge of phonic concepts. This allows for the identification of areas requiring targeted teaching and assists in planning and also the allocation of decodable reading books.

Once pre-reading skills have been acquired and students are beginning to decode (i.e. read) students typically require repeated practice of specifically structured reading material that gradually increases in phonic complexity and length (i.e. decodable readers). The Foundation – Early Reading Profile provides valuable information to assist in scheduling appropriate targeted reading material, the planning for areas requiring targeted teaching and evidence of skill development.

The Foundation – Early Reading Profile contains the following:

  • Exercise 1: VC Words
  • Exercise 2: CVC Words
  • Exercise 3: CVC Words With Early Stage 1 Phonics
  • Exercise 4: CCVC and CVCC Words
  • Exercise 5: Words With Late Stage 1 Phonics
  • Exercise 6: Stage 2 Words
  • Exercise 7: Stage 3 Words

Teachers administering the screen are required to record the percentage of accuracy for each level while rating the level of automaticity observed. Training to administer the screen can be found in the following online courses:

The full screen, along with instructions on when and how to screen are found in the Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual. See our Copyright Terms of Use at https://pld-literacy.org/copyright/.

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    Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual

    The Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual outlines what to teach and when to teach it sequence over a full year for Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor. The manual provides week-by-week guidelines including professional development options and essential PLD evidence-based programs. Keep in mind that it may be appropriate for schools to adapt the timing […]

    The Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual outlines what to teach and when to teach it sequence over a full year for Literacy, Oral Language and Movement

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    Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual

    The Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules. We recommended that the screens are administered following a solid period of repeated targeted instruction as outlined in the PLD Foundation Teaching Sequence Manual. In this way, the screens function as a check-in […]

    The Foundation Screening & Tracking Manual outlines step-by-step instructions including what and when to screen, the materials required, time allocations and discontinue rules. We recommended that

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    How do the PLD Early Reading Profiles link to the phonics and high frequency words teaching sequence and book sets?

    The Early Reading Profile Screens reflect two areas of early reading: Accuracy (or the student’s ability to ‘crack the code’ and verbalise the words). Automaticity (or the student’s ability to read the word as a full word and in a manner that is efficient and automatic). Early readers typically decode the majority of phonics-based words. […]

    The Early Reading Profile Screens reflect two areas of early reading: Accuracy (or the student’s ability to ‘crack the code’ and verbalise the words). Automaticity

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    Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen

    Revised for 2020.

    The Foundation Pre-Literacy Screens have been designed to profile the acquisition of core literacy precursor skills that will impact later reading, spelling and phonic development.

This download outlines how PLD programs link to the ACARA National Curriculum year level content descriptions.

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