LITERACY INSTRUCTION CHELSEA PRIMARY LEADING THE WAY

I am so proud of the work we are doing at Chelsea Primary School, which is now being recognised both locally and internationally. Our evidence-based literacy instruction is leading the way and being talked about locally and internationality. Chelsea Primary School connecting with like-minded schools across Australia to improve our practice and ensure all of our students are given the best opportunity to learn to read. Chelsea PS and Bentleigh West PS have built a close alliance in sharing best practice and expertise within our schools.

At Chelsea PS we provide evidence-based teaching using
Synthetic phonics, this is a method of teaching children to read that is based on decades of research into reading acquisition. 

Synthetic phonics teaching involves teaching children about written language in an explicit, systematic and hierarchical way. Research suggests that unlike learning to speak and understand language, learning to read is not a natural process, so children learn best when they are shown how written language works. Rather than exposing students to a variety of words and relying on a student's ability to remember them, patterns in words are introduced gradually and taught thoroughly, with simpler, more common patterns taught first and more complex, less frequent patterns introduced when easier skills are mastered.

Synthetic phonics is a method of teaching reading in which students are first taught the relationship between letters and the speech sounds they represent. Students are then taught to join or 'blend' these sounds together to read whole words. An overwhelming body of research supports synthetic phonics over other methods of teaching reading.

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