At Bonbeach Primary School, we focus on research based practices, such as the Science of Reading, to deliver classroom instruction that allows students to learn and develop into confident and capable readers. During our reading sessions, modeled and shared reading is used by teachers to target whole class needs.
We follow the Simple View of reading where teachers explore elements of reading, including ‘The Big Six’:
In order to support beginning learners, Foundation students at Bonbeach Primary School are involved in explicit teaching sessions; engaging and relevant hands-on activities and Story Time, which stimulates their curiosity about the world and enhances their vocabulary. Prep students sing, chant and listen to rhymes, are involved in performance, read and write daily and are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions during book discussions. They take part in explicit teaching sessions, small group activities, individual conferences with the teacher and peer tasks.
Years One - Two
Students in our Junior School focus on learning to read.
Years Three - Six
Students in Years Three to Six focus on reading to learn.
At Bonbeach Primary School, students are exposed to high quality writing through mentor texts. They explore why and how authors create excellent pieces of writing by focussing on:
Students are exposed to writing for specific purposes by developing a clear understanding of the structures of various text types.
Whole class needs are explicitly taught through modeled and shared writing mini-lessons. Individual and small group goals are specifically targeted through Guided Writing groups and one to one conferencing with the teacher.
Students explore different writing genres over a 2 - 3 week period. They have the opportunity to construct their own piece of writing over the course of a week by going through the process of brainstorming ideas through talking with their peers, drafting a copy and editing and revising their work.
At Bonbeach Primary we incorporate both SMART Spelling and MSL instruction.
All of the staff, including Education Support Staff, are trained in SMART Spelling.
We have 1 accredited teacher and 4 trained teachers to deliver MSL instruction.
SMART Spelling - is an explicit and systematic approach to the teaching of spelling. It includes a scope and sequence, beginning in Foundation through to Year 6. SMART spelling focusses on teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then breaks words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs). Students must be able to read words, understand what they mean and how to use them.
MSL - MSL is also known as: Orton Gillingham (OG) and or Structured Literacy (SL) in the USA. IMSLE in Australia. (Institute of Multisensory Language Education in Australia)
This synthetic approach (not a course or a program) is primarily concerned with the learning and teaching of phonemes (sounds) and their graphemes (corresponding symbols). It is based on a Neurological framework and is language based. It focuses on teaching the rules of spelling - when to use specific spelling patterns. It is used as an approach to teach students with Dyslexia, but used in a classroom as ‘best practice’ for all students to learn.
SMART Foundation teaches sounds and letters from the ‘Word of the Week’ and common words from
‘The Sentence of the Week’!
Years 1 - 6
Spelling conventions and handwriting skills are supported through whole class and small group instruction.
We follow a scope and sequence that explicitly teaches spelling patterns, one at a time. We focus on teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary, and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs).
Over the course of the week, students will have the opportunity to read (decode) and spell (encode) various words and explore the spelling pattern, while revisiting previous spelling focuses. Each week finishes with a short dictation that also acts as a revision for our writing focus e.g. punctuation, sentence structure.