From 2021, the junior and middle school at East Tāmaki are following a Structured Literacy approach to teaching reading and writing. Ākonga learn to read and write using phonics. This is a structured approach to learning, where knowledge and skills are built upon to ensure success for every child in Literacy. This approach is based on the Science of Reading and is a highly explicit and systematic way of teaching all important components of literacy. These components include both foundational skills (e.g., decoding, spelling, handwriting and letter formation) and higher-level literacy skills (e.g., reading comprehension, written expression).
We have invested in the Little Learners Love Literacy (LLLL) decodable texts and resources, and The Ministry of Education’s new Ready to Read Phonics Plus readers will be used in the scope and sequence that we have adopted from the LLLL programme.
All the kaiako at East Tāmaki have completed professional learning and development with Dr Christine Braid of Massey University to learn about the 44 sounds and over 170+ spelling patterns. The junior team kaiako have also received professional learning and development with Liz Kane.