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

Focus:                         Written Language

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

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

Annual Aim for 2012:    To improve the percentage of pupils working above the National Standards at years 2, 4 and 6.

Rationale:

 2011 results showed that we need to concentrate our literacy efforts more on written language. Very few of our pupils are achieving at or above the national standard for writing and this will need to be an area for our staff to focus on in 2012. Presently the percentages of pupils who are writing at or above the National Standard are 18% for year 2, 3% for year 4 and 19% for year 6.

 

Writing goal

Mid year review

Measurable Target. To increase the percentage of pupils writing at or above the National Standard:

Writing goal for 2012. To increase the number of pupils writing at or above the National Standard

·       For pupils in their second year of schooling to 48% (24 pupils) at the end of 2012

·       For year 4, from 43% in February (18 pupils) at the start of 2012 to 60% (24 pupils) at the end of 2012

·       For year 6, from 36% in February 10 pupils) at the start of 2012 to 70% (20 pupils) at the end of 2012

 

 

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 the National Standard for children at the end of their second year of school already.

Teacher judgement is that another 8 should achieve the goal by the end of their second year making 28% at the national standard. Although some of the younger children still have a year to go and some will probably write at level 2i we will are unlikely to reach our goal of 48% of our pupils being “at or above” by their 7th birthday.

 

 

We have two year 4 pupils who have reached the National Standard already.

Teacher judgement is that another 7 should achieve the goal by the end of the year making 25% at the national standard. Although some of the children currently working at level 1iii and even some at level 1ii could make the standard by years end, we are unlikely to reach our goal of 60% of our pupils being “at or above” by December.

 

 

We have three year 6 pupils who have reached the National Standard already.

Teacher judgement is that between 3 and 11 more should achieve the goal by the end of the year making between 23% and 54% at the national standard. Unless we can coax huge progress from some of the children currently achieving at level 1iii, we are unlikely to reach our goal of 70% of our pupils being “at or above” by December.

 

  

Actions (what we will do)

What we have done so far

Outcomes (what we expect to happen)

What has happened so far

Analysis of data:

·       Use the national standards/literacy progressions to identify where our children are and where they should be

·       Make templates for marking writing samples against national standards

·       asTTle

·       Exemplars

·       Writing samples

·       Moderation

·       e.tap chart shows we have very few above

·       Templates for assessing, moderating have been produced. Exemplars are used rather than asTTle

·       term 1 samples were moderated at a term 1 staff meeting

·       The first meeting next term will be around the development of the templates for assessment of writing samples against National Standards.

 

Teaching will be informed by data.

·       Samples were moderated in term 1

 

Walk throughs  by senior staff

·       Opportunities to walk through each other’s classrooms

·       Host meetings in different rooms

Walk through notes and class programmes were discussed with Chicky or Graeme afterwards.

·       Chicky and Graeme are to meet with all teachers to discuss writing data and what the teachers are planning to do to raise literacy standards in their class.

Strengths and weakness of teachers will identified and PD will be targeted to areas of most need.

Feedback will be provided  to help teachers improve their practice.

 

Resources:

-       Models of authors writing/other students’ writing (journals of young person’s writing)

-       Print rich classroom environment

-       Family words/group words (brother, sister, mother etc) (when, what, why) (day, month, year) etc

-       Writing exemplars

·       Joy from the Literacy Team has created a resource with exemplars of writing, over a range of genres by a range of nNZ authors, and will provide staff with a copy. The Literacy Team will ‘trial’ this resource in their classrooms and provide feedback to the team about how they used it and the effectiveness of it.

·       Tia has emailed a list of links to websites which you may be interested in for continuing to create a print rich environment.

 

Walkthroughs will show that teachers and pupils will know what good writing / levelled writing looks like.

Children will be more likely to follow a model.

 

PD

Following walkthroughs, PD will be sourced to target areas, skills etc where management feel it is needed.

Teachers will be able to access PD lo lift areas of interest or need when available.

Management will attempt to bring in “experts” where a need is identified.

 

·       Term 2 staff meeting will be held on the PM big books on writing

·       Term 2 staff meeting sharing literacy team members attempts to use exemplars as models to improve the impact of writing.

 

PD will be targeted at teachers and areas identified as in need of improvement.

Walkthroughs will identify improved pedagogy and enhanced class programmes.

 

Topics of interest:

-       Relevant topic – brainstorm interests in classroom, children’s activities and experiences and list them

-       Provide experiences for children to write about

·       Term overviews discussed at staff meeting end of term 1

·       First week

Evidence says this will lift levels

 

Talk:

-       Talk about words, alternative words

-       Create opportunities for children to talk

-       Foster quality language

-       Speak in a full sentence – extend the sentence

-       Encourage questioning, open questions

-       Small discussion groups/answer a question etc then report back

 

 

Specific teaching of writing:

-       Components of a piece of writing e.g hook, structure, introduction, body, conclusion, paragraphs, sentences, surface and deeper features, feeling, emotion, audience interest etc

 

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National standards:

-       Analyse the national standards expectations and identify the steps to reach those standards

-       Have national standards blown up and displayed in class to refer to

 

OTJs will reflect the writing progressions and be consistent across the school

 

Organise a hui with our families  to share writing goals, national standards and literacy progressions

 

The community will be able to better interpret the school wide and individual reports

 

Cover  different text formats such as poetry, recounts etc

·       Term 2 staff meeting will be held on the PM big books on writing

·       Term 2 staff meeting sharing literacy team members attempts to use exemplars as models to improve the impact of writing.

 

 

 

 

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