St Mary’s ex­cels in read­ing

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAK­ING PROGRESS: St Mary's Year 6 stu­dents in a guided read­ing les­son with Miss Smith.

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