Foundation Assessment Schedule
The following Foundation year assessment schedule and scope and sequence outlines have been provided as a general term-by-term guide from which schools can adapt their scheduling. While some students will progress faster and some slower, these plans should be considered for the bulk of students. Screening and tracking is an essential part of the PLD […]
The following Foundation year assessment schedule and scope and sequence outlines have been provided as a general term-by-term guide from which schools can adapt their
Whole School Phonic Sight Word Sequence Placement Screening
The Phonic Sight Word Sequence placement test, is designed to very quickly establish the range in ability within a class, and provide the stages or levels for which explicit, structured teaching is required.
How to present the Whole School Phonic Sight Word Sequence Placement Screening Present the screen below to each class (ideally in week 1 of Term
Early Years Pre-Literacy Screening
The Pre-Literacy Screens have been designed to profile the acquisition of core literacy precursor skills that will impact later reading, spelling and phonic development.
The screen focuses on two main skills: 1. Phonological Awareness: the ability to attend to the phonological structure or sound structure of words. 2. Alphabetic
PLD’s 2020 Whole School Literacy Plan
The document outlines how to implement PLD’s literacy, Movement and Motor and Oral Language resources during the Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and across Years 3 to 6. Each page provides suggested time frames and implementation recommendations.
The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling the PLD programs within a broad school-based strategy. When
Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen
Revised for 2020.
The screen focuses upon two main skills:
- Phonological Awareness: the ability to attend to the phonological structure or sound structure of words.
- Alphabetic Knowledge: or more specifically letter sound identification.
Both skills have been identified in education, speech pathology, educational psychology and dyslexia research as predictors of success and difficulties in reading performance.
This screen tracks the precursors of decoding (ie: blending the alphabet sounds) and the precursors of spelling (ie: phonemic segmentation and alphabet recall and formation).
The Foundation Pre-Literacy Screen covers:
- Subtest 1: Blending which is a precursor to decoding or reading ability
- Subtest 2: Alphabet Sound Knowledge to support reading
- Subtest 3: Segmentation of CVC Words a precursor to spelling and writing
- Subtest 4: Alphabet Sound Recall & Formation – Supporting Spelling & Writing
The stimulus sheets are available in cursive and Foundation Font. This screen also applies to: Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD/VIC/TAS) Reception (SA) & Transition (NT). If training is required to administer this assessment, please refer to the following online course: https://courses.pld-literacy.org/courses/Learning-to-read-spell-and-write-in-Foundation
Please note that the test results can be applied directly to excel tracking sheets. Request the 2020 Student Monitoring and Tracking Spreadsheet here.
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A phonemic awareness blending program, designed to prepare children for reading.
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A program to develop single word decoding and spelling skills for students operating at Stage 1. Games and tasks for targeted small groups and home programs.
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A phonemic awareness segmentation program, designed to prepare children for spelling.
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