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1205 Strategic Goal - Literacy - Progress Report - 8 May 2012

Focus:                           Reading

Strategic Aim:               To create a community of learners with high academic achievement in literacy 

 To create a community of Maori learners with high academic achievement in literacy

Annual Aim for 2012:    To raise the percentage of Year 6 pupils reading at or above the National Standard

 To raise the percentage of Year 6 Maori pupils reading at or above National Standard

Rationale: 

2011 results showed that our children are often slow to make early progress in reading but most (65%) are achieving by the end of year 6. If we could accelerate their progress earlier than year 4 or 5 we should be closer to achieving our aim of creating a community of learners with high academic achievement in literacy.

 

Reading goal

Mid year review

Measurable Targets: To increase the percentages of pupils reading at or above the National Standard to

·       For pupils in their second year of schooling, from 29% in February(17 pupils) to 50% at the end of the year (29 pupils)

·       For year 4, from 44% in February (19 pupils) to 60% at the end of the year (23 pupils)

·       For year 6, from 65% in February (20 pupils) to 75% at the end of the year (24 pupils)

 

Firstly, a reminder that these expectations are “by the end of the year” or “at the end of their second year”. These results are from term 1, so we have three terms to go.

We have two 6 year old pupils who have reached or bettered the National Standard for children at the end of their second year of school already.

Teacher judgement is that another 10 should achieve the goal by the end of their second year making 40% at the national standard. Another 2 or 3 pupils are on track to be close to the standard. If they make it to level 17 we will reach our goal of 50% of our pupils being “at or above” by their 7th birthday.

 

For year 4 pupils we have 6 pupils who have reached or bettered the National Standard already.

Teacher judgement is that another 10 should achieve the goal by the end of the year making 54% at the national standard. Another 3 or 4 pupils are on track to be close to the standard. It is possible we will reach our goal of 60% “at or above” by years end.

 

For year 6 pupils we have 12 pupils who have reached or bettered the National Standard already.

Teacher judgement is that another 6 or 7 should achieve the goal by the end of the year making 70% at the national standard. It is likely  we will be very close to our goal of 75%  “at or above” by years end.


 

Actions (what we will do)

What we have done so far

Outcomes (what we expect to happen)

What has happened so far

The Reading Together Programme will be made available to whanau.

·       Graeme attended the Reading Together course and has all the resources.

·       Reading Together is a programme for parents that aims to take the stress out of reading with your child.

·       Flyers were sent out to parents at the end of term 1 and again early in term 2.

·       It is envisaged that we could run two groups of parents at a time

Whanau  members will be actively involved at home with pupils’ reading.

Reading will no longer be seen as purely an “at school” activity.

·       Some parents have returned their forms and indicated they are interested.

·       We need to organise a suitable time and place to run the four sessions for each group.

Release a teacher to work alongside the classroom teacher with groups of pupils identified as being in need of accelerated learning

·       Graeme working with 5 groups.

·       Only 4 groups will get assistance in term 2

·       Biggest problem is disruptions to routines through swimming, ERO, videos etc.

At least 24 pupils will get extra help, in class, for three sessions a week.

·       4 of those groups have made excellent progress while one has remained static.

Encourage teachers of identified pupils to make use of selected on-line programmes such as Reading Egg.

·       Reading Egg has been put in and in some classes is being used.

·       There are 90 licences for Reading Egg. The Literacy team identified 75 pupils who would most benefit and Rebecca registered them.

·       All new entrants will be registered

Each reading group will be able to spend regular quality time at the computer working at meaningful tasks and activities that will enhance their reading.

·       We need to check on how well the programme is being used.

·       We need to get together with other teachers and find out if there are other programmes (possibly free) that are effective.

·       Community members (parents, grandparents etc) to be invited in on a daily basis to read with children in the classroom setting. Investigate restarting PPP/HPP

·       Teach senior pupils the skills of buddy reading and set up a timetable.

·       Some parents have volunteered to help. These offers will be followed up in term 2.

Children will have more practice, reinforcement and exposure to text.

 

Refer at least 12 of the pupils to RTLit

Refer pupils to RTLB, SLT etc as appropriate

Most have been referred but not all.

Pupils will have accelerated progress of 2 years during 2012.

 

Teachers to visit and observe teachers in other schools or classes in KES using their CRT

None yet

Walkthroughs by senior staff will show that:

·       Teacher pedagogy will improve

·       Reading lessons will be enhanced.

 

The Literacy Team will seek out experts such as Vera to walk through and model reading lessons.

·       Rebecca is to create a survey which will be sent to staff to find out the needs of teachers in reading and writing, in terms of PD.  An opportunity will also be provided for staff to share any literacy strengths they feel they have.

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The Literacy Team will go on walkthroughs. These will involve reporting back to the class teachers and:

·       Will ensure reading is taught daily and uses appropriate resources.

·       Highlight teachers who have excellent pedagogy and techniques that can be shared.

·       Highlight where and who to target PD.

·       Shared reading, guided reading and independent reading will all be part of the programme

·       Comprehension strategies will be covered

·       The level, activities and teaching topics will be derived from reliable assessment.

·       Reading will be interesting and relevant to the child.

·       Walk through notes and 

class programmes were discussed with Chicky or Graeme afterwards.

·       Chicky and Graeme have met with teachers to discuss reading data and what the teachers are planning to do to raise literacy standards in their class.

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·       An overall picture of how well we teach reading at Kaikohe East School will emerge.

·       Relevant PD for teachers who most need it will be sourced

·       TEAM Solutions or other agencies might need to be employed to carry out some of the PD

·       Teaching strategies will be shared.

·       Teacher driven workshops will be held after school covering specific skills. Walkthroughs and staff requests will dictate the topics covered.

·       Term 2 walkthroughs will identify changes from term 1 walkthroughs

Following the walkthroughs, the literacy team will collate our strengths and weaknesses as teachers.

 

A booklet will be produced that sets out the school’s expectations for;

·       Progressions and sequencing of skills and knowledge

·       Assessment tools and their use.

·       Exemplars of a quality lesson.

·       Short and long term planning

 

Professional Development will be organised to explain, clarify, develop and moderate the use of OTJs

OTJ development began at holiday TOD





All teaching staff will be consistent in their expectations and understanding of what constitutes “on track”

OTJs will become reliable and useful assessment for:

·       Reporting to parents

·       Reporting to the BOT, the MoE and the community

·       Identifying next steps

Prior to the mid year reports going out to parents, staff discussed ways to report honestly without placing too much emphasis on achievement of National Standards and more on progress towards the standards.




BUDGET

Plan

Literacy Budget

code 3304

$7,000

 

 

whiteboards

880

 

3 listening posts

2600

 

 

books / CDs

500

 

 

computer programmes

800

 

 

junior school readers

2220

 

 

 

 

Actual

900

2500approx

see readers

800

3221

Folder and DVDs for avail approx. $150

Approx. Total $7393

 

Overspent by about $550

 

 

 INSERVICE / PD

course

by

where

what

when

who

cost

OTJs

Bev Shepherd

KES

staff meeting OTJs

T.O.D

whole staff

$0

Reading OTJs

Bev Shepherd

KES

staff meeting OTJs

14-Feb

whole staff

$0

availl

TTLA

Kamo

Availl training

24-Feb

Jim and Sonia

$100

TTLA seminar

TTLA

Kamo

Seminar covering several workshops and 2 keynote speakers (Joy Cowley and Gail Loane who wrote the writing book Joy used)

Saturday 19th May

 

All staff offered a chance

$80 each