Getting back to basics
“There is an urgent need to stop so many children falling through the cracks in Australian classrooms, especially with the foundation skill of reading,” Senator Birmingham said. “Australia’s education performance in recent national and international reports has raised a red flag for both policymakers and parents that requires action now.”
Berwick Lodge Primary School principal Henry Grossek
hit out at the introduction of another test, on top of assessments for prep students and NAPLAN testing of students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9.
“We don’t need another national testing regime to ascertain the gaps in children’s learning,” he said.
“It might satisfy the whims of some politicians, but I don’t believe it’s a lack of testing that is the problem. What we need are the resources targeted to adequately support those children struggling in their learning.”
Elliott, 6, has been learning to read and write with the help of phonics.
His mum, Sally Webb, said joining sounds together to read new words had helped Elliott learn quickly.
“It’s amazing to see his progress from when he started prep with barely any knowledge to being able to read so well within a year,” she said.
Six-year-old Elliot has improved his reading by joining sounds together to read new words. Picture: MARK STEWART