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Curriculum Corner

posted Jul 20, 2017, 12:00 AM by Principal account
In yesterday’s staff meeting, teachers analysed data recently obtained from standardised spelling assessments. Each term, we dedicate several meetings to data analysis, as it enables us to ascertain the impact of teaching and learning on students and get a better picture of how to improve learning for all students. In analysing our spelling data, we discussed strategies to ensure that all students are receiving spelling instruction that is responsive and tailored to their needs. During our meeting, we were pleased to discover that more than half of our students are already at or beyond the minimum end-of-year spelling target for their year level.

At St Dominic’s School, we teach spelling in Years 2-6 using a highly regarded and well-research program called ‘Words Their Way. ‘Words Their Way' allows teachers to group students according to their developmental spelling stage and target instruction to grow and develop students’ spelling knowledge. If you would like to know more about which stage your child is at, please speak to the classroom teacher.

In Kindergarten to Year 1, we use another high-quality program, ‘Letters and Sounds’, to help teach letter/sound correspondence and spelling. ‘Letters and Sounds’ sets out a detailed and systematic program for teaching phonic skills to young children with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Once again, if you would like to know how your child is progressing through the phases of ‘Letters and Sounds’, please speak to the classroom teacher.