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Moving In and Out of Stages Between Terms

Question: When testing a class in readiness for the new term, a student has made significant progress, enough to move on to the next group. However, that group are well into the next stage so if he joins that group, will miss a significant number of lists. What should we do? Do we keep them in their current group, or move them up?

Answer: Each term is a reset
The new Term is the perfect opportunity to change groups, as each term is a reset.
It is OK to move these students into the new stage. They will be integrated with the existing group and continue learning the sequence.
We should continue to teach the phonic concepts of that stage as outlined in the Teaching Sequence Manual. They will not be left behind as we are constantly revising the previous levels and learning above our level/stages with the whole class's explicit teaching of lists.

Students entering a new group/Stage will not be left behind.
Through your teaching of the three groups during your lesson, students are always being taught and have exposure to concepts at their level and below and above their level.
Yes, students have their own allocated stage / lists, but they should be absorbing learning beyond that level.
It is highly likely that students new to moving up a group will stay there longer, and students who have been there a while will bump out shortly.

The three lists above demonstrate how students receive targeted teaching, revision and exposure through the teaching of PLD's recommended SSP lesson. More on the SSP lesson here.

Updated on: 18/05/2023

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