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Low-entry Students in Year 1 & 2 Who Are Struggling with Target 1 CVC

FAQ: I am a Year 1 or Year 2 teacher and have students unable to spell CVC words. What does PLD recommend?
Here are some tips to cater for students in Year 1 and above who are scoring 0-20% in Target 1 CVC spelling.

Tip 1: Get a baseline of skills using the Difficulty Acquiring Stage 1 screen on page 30 in the Year 1 & 2 Screening & Tracking Manual.

Begin with Exercise 1 (pink arrow) and proceed to Exercise 2. Present the subtests (green arrow) within the red box only if students experience difficulty with Exercises 1 & 2. Enter the data into your class tracking sheet under the appropriate columns as shown by the red arrow below.

This tracking sheet is the template tab titled "Low Junior Primary Classes" from the PLD Tracking Sheets.

Tip 2: Consider the following explicit programs which require an adult to present:
Alphabet the Multisensory Way
Learning to Blend Onset & Rime
Learning to Blend Three Phonemes
Preparing for Reading

Tip 3: Consider tasks for the classroom when not with an EA or support teacher:
CVC Words Reading, Spelling & Writing Tasks
Alphabet Letter Sounds
Letter Formation for Little People - Step 3
Reading Race 1A App

Tip 4: Further assessments are likely required.

Referrals to a Speech & Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist are good starting points.

Tip 5: Do those working with this student require additional training?
This online course will equip educators with the specific knowledge and skills to delivery targeted, explicit instruction to facilitate the development of early literacy skills.

Teaching Students Unable to Read, Spell and Write Within Primary School - Online Course

Updated on: 26/05/2022

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