St Mary’s excels in reading
ST MARY’S School Charleville has been recognised by the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority for demonstrating substantially above average gain in its NAPLAN results.
The gains were seen in the Year 3s progress to Year 5 in reading.
The positive gain is a result of years of developing an evidence-based reading program and increased teacher capacity to teach outstanding reading strategies.
St Mary’s principal Michael Ward was more than impressed with the result.
“You can increase how well your students do in any subject by teaching them how to use relevant strategies,” Mr Ward said.
“When teaching children to read you need to teach them how to work out unknown words, as well as strategies that will help their comprehension.”
Mr Ward said a big part of the reading process St Mary’s incorporated in its strategies was asking questions to check for understanding.
“Our students are learning how to find answers in the text and also use their prior experiences to talk about how the text impacted their thinking,” Mr Ward said.
“This makes them very engaged readers.”
MAKING PROGRESS: St Mary's Year 6 students in a guided reading lesson with Miss Smith.