School’s goal a page-turner

Books fly off the shelves at the li­brary


READ­ING is a top pri­or­ity at Hat­ton Vale State School.

The school’s ap­proach to the teach­ing of read­ing has a straight­for­ward goal: to pro­duce con­fi­dent, com­pe­tent and vo­ra­cious read­ers.

Stu­dents en­gage in mod­elled, shared, guided and in­de­pen­dent read­ing lessons where they progress from “learn­ing to read” to “read­ing to learn”.

The school’s in­struc­tional method­ol­ogy uses the lat­est re­search, which in­sures that all crit­i­cal com­po­nents for ef­fec­tive read­ing in­struc­tion are in­cor­po­rated: oral lan­guage, pho­ne­mic aware­ness, phon­ics, vo­cab­u­lary, flu­ency, and com­pre­hen­sion. We en­deav­our to pro­vide ev­ery learner with pur­pose­ful in­struc­tion of read­ing strate­gies and skills, motivation to read, ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of texts, and au­then­tic read­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Stu­dents have in­di­vid­u­alised read­ing goals and are taught strate­gies to help them con­tin­u­ously im­prove. Stu­dent con­fer­enc­ing and goal set­ting oc­curs reg­u­larly be­tween teach­ers and stu­dents, which al­lows for progress mon­i­tor­ing and the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of strengths and ar­eas for im­prove­ment.

This al­lows teach­ers to cater for both strug­gling and ex­celling learn­ers.

While the im­proved data re­lat­ing to read­ing im­prove­ment has been val­i­dat­ing, the change in stu­dent at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour to­wards read­ing has been the most re­ward­ing.

In­volv­ing stu­dents in the de­vel­op­ment of their own read­ing goals, re­gard­less of their in­di­vid­ual abil­i­ties, has al­lowed them to take more own­er­ship of their learn­ing. Stu­dents have ar­tic­u­lated an in­creased con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to be suc­cess­ful and to ap­ply this to other ar­eas of their learn­ing.

The ev­i­dence of a change in stu­dent read­ing be­hav­iours has been most no­tice­able in the li­brary with an in­crease of book bor­row­ing by about 400%.

That trans­lates into nearly 500 books bor­rowed each week.

A con­sis­tent ap­proach to the teach­ing read­ing has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on teach­ers, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity of Hat­ton Vale State School.

It has led to in­creased ca­pac­ity and con­sis­tency in the teach­ing of read­ing, to im­prove­ment in stu­dent per­for­mance and in­creased com­mu­nity con­fi­dence.


READ TO ME: Hat­ton Vale State School stu­dents en­joy read­ing time.

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