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Saint Augustine's Primary School – Literacy

Teacher Standards Focus Areas: 1.1, 1.2, 2.5

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.

1.2 Understand how students learn

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.

Saint Augustine's primary school

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Saint Augustine's primary school

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Discussion questions

  1. What strategies does the teacher use to check for student understanding throughout the lesson?
  2. How can you integrate simple strategies for differentiation throughout your literacy teaching?
  3. What evidence did you see of students building on their prior learning?
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St. Augustine's is located in Wodonga, in north-eastern regional Victoria. The school cohort is average in terms of SES and NAPLAN achievement data. The school undertook professional learning around the inquiry mindset to improve student achievement. This supported teachers to more effectively use and analyse student data. The school then set a goal of improving literacy achievement for all students, not just those who were struggling. The Literacy Leaders engaged in school visits to learn more about evidence-based best practice, and bring that practice back to St. Augustine's. The journey continued with a focus on explicit direct instruction.

Dean Butler, a Literacy Leader, teaches a synthetic phonics lesson as part of a school approach to literacy instruction that includes phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. The lesson also includes some vocabulary learning.

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Sample weekly literacy block
A detailed overview of sample activities across the learning areas of spelling, morphology, comprehension and reading rotations.

These are the work samples of five students from Dean Butler's class. The work samples document their learning before and after the lesson.

Work Sample 1

Student 1's work prior to teacher instruction.

Work Sample 2

Student 1's work following teacher instruction.

Work Sample 3

Student 2's work prior to teacher instruction.

Work Sample 4

Student 2's work following teacher instruction.

Work Sample 5

Student 3's work prior to teacher instruction.

Work Sample 6

Student 3's work following teacher instruction.

Work Sample 7

Student 4's work prior to teacher instruction.

Work Sample 8

Student 4's work following teacher instruction.

Find out more

About the school's approach to literacy instruction and improving achievement in interviews with the teacher and principal.