Centred on improving literacy outcomes, our Literacy approach will help us realise our goal of “every student a competent reader”. Teachers will be supported with professional learning, resources and instructional material focused on a Science of Reading evidence-based approach to teaching literacy to positively impact student outcomes.
Research has identified five essential elements critical to the development of reading, known as the five components to reading –
Teaching these elements systematically has been proven to drive positive student reading outcomes.
Our aim is for all schools across the Archdiocese to participate in an endorsed programs, these include
With our focus on reading competency across all year levels, schools are also implementing evidence-based literacy intervention programs. These programs, which are intended in most cases to be temporary, are targeted for students who require some additional scaffolds, to be able to more effectively re-engage in the whole class literacy instruction.
Ross Fox, Director, Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn together with teachers and Principals from across the system speak about the vision of Catalyst, its importance and the impact it is having on both teachers and students. Hear about the Science of Learning and the focus on the teacher, as the most important learner in the system. This video captures insights from St Thomas the Apostle Primary School, St Thomas More’s Primary School and St Mary MacKillop College.
Our Literacy approach is based on the Science of Reading, which is a comprehensive body of knowledge on how students learn to read.
It is centred on improving literacy outcomes for all students, and will help us to achieve our boal goal “every student is a competent reader”.
According to the Simple View of Reading, reading comprehension is the combination of using both decoding and language comprehension skills.
A student becomes competent at reading when they can use both of these skills to read and understand texts appropriate to their year level. This is true of every student across all year levels.
All K-2 classrooms across CECG schools will implement an endorsed evidence-based literacy program. These programs teach Systematic Synthetic Phonics in structured lessons, which has been proven to drive positive student reading outcomes.
Research has identified five essential elements critical to the development of reading, known as the five keys to reading
1. Phonological awareness
Teaching these elements systematically has been proven to drive positive student reading outcomes, creating the Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) program.
Through the introduction of the DIBELS assessment tool and other reading based assessments in 2021, we can access more reliable data to inform our baseline level of reading across year levels.
In the coming years, we will continue to use these assessment models to track improvement in reading outcomes.