Teaching Reading in the Early Years - SPELD NSW

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Teaching Reading in the Early Years

Teaching Reading in the Early Years

This practical three-day course equips teachers with skills and resources to use evidence-based practices to teach students to read.

What is this course about?

Teaching Reading in the Early Years is a 3-day course that takes teachers through the journey of understanding how we learn to read, planning for systematic instruction, implementing explicit lessons and daily reviews, and how to read decodables readers (and when!) with early readers. Learning how to assess target skills and plan instruction based on comprehensive data analysis is also a key feature of this course!

Day 1:

  • How students learn to read
  • How to structure your literacy block
  • How to understand an explicit phonics scope and sequence and key terminology

Day 2:

  • How to plan instruction using explicit models for various points in the phonic code
  • How to implement Daily Reviews (and Why!)
  • How to get students practising word reading using a range of engaging and purpose-driven activities

Day 3:

  • How to run an explicit phonics lesson
  • What to assess, how and when?
  • How to identify student learning needs, grouping and planning for extra support
  • How to read decodables with students – for what purpose and when!

Why should I do this course?

If you are looking for explicit models of planning, instruction and assessment as well as lots of practical tips for engaging ways to get students practising core reading skills in the early years, this course is for you!

Who should do this course?

  • Early career teachers looking for a systematic and explicit approach to teaching reading.
  • Classroom teachers looking for ideas on how to refine reading instruction, introduce evidence-based practices, and differentiate effectively.
  • Leaders looking for models and resources that they can implement across their school consistent with the new NSW English K-2 Syllabus.

What will I get from this course?

  • Completed phonics planning models
  • Phonics Planning templates
  • Instructional models for teaching phonics explicitly in K-1
  • A treasure trove of practise activities and games to support developing phonic decoding and reading skills
  • Routines to support reading decodables with students
  • Sample word reading assessments


NESA Accreditation

This course is accredited with NESA

Completing Teaching Reading in the Early Years will contribute 16 hours and 30 minutes of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/EYLF addressing Standard Descriptor(s) 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 5.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Teaching Reading in the Early Years – Parramatta

WHEN: 9:00am - 3.30pm, 3 days starting on,

9 May 2024

Learn how to plan, implement and assess early reading skills through explicit, systematic and differentiated instruction, consistent with the new NSW English K-2 syllabus.
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