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The 2024 Teaching Sequence Manuals have been updated. Why is this the case? How do schools implement these changes?

PLD's evidence-based approach draws upon the literature within:

The Science of Reading, which promotes quite a rapid coverage of phonic concepts.
Internationally vaild phonic check, which commenced as the UK Phonics. In Australia, by the Term 3 Year 1, the majority of students in Year 1 should attain a score of 28, if presented with an effective phonics program in the Foundation school year and Semester 1, Year 1.
State level initiatives e.g. The NSW Curriculum and the WA Phonics Initiative.

Thu UK Phonics Check, Page 6 of the WA Education Department's Phonics Initiative Document and the NSW Curriculum.
What has changed?
Early Years - The Term 2 section of the sequence has been updated in line with the existing research. In previous years, initial sound awareness has been taught independently (and before) alphabet sounds (starting with satpin). However research is calling for phonemic awareness to be taught in conjunction with the mapping to the sounds. Hence, simultaneously, as children learn to 'hear, say and think about' the initial phonemes in words, they also will begin their journey of learning the alphabet sounds and forming the alphabet sounds.
Foundation: Stage 1 Targets 1, 2 and 3 will be covered by the end of the year for the Tier 1 students and onset and rime blending has been removed from Foundation.
Year 1: focuses on Target 4 of Stage 1 in Term 1 and then Stage 2 to be largely covered by the end of Year 1.
The Junior Primary then flows on to the middle and upper primary years.

How do schools transition to the updated Teaching Sequence Manuals?

Early Years, just start the year following the Term 1 outline within the Teaching Sequence Manual
Foundtaion just start the year following the Term 1 outline within the Teaching Sequence Manual
Year 1-6, start the year with a Term 1 placement test. This process and determine which students are ready for the Teaching Sequence outline. Typically it is the Tier 1 students who test relatively age appropriate who will follow the Teaching Sequence Manuals. In cases when a group are advanced, they too can follow an outline in the Teaching Sequence. In cases where students are marginally below, then you may be able to select an appropriate sequence.

When students are significantly below their peers (Tier 3) you will be able to use the planning tables in the Teaching Sequence Manuals to cater for their needs.

Updated on: 13/04/2024

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