Whole school literacy approach


At Chelsea Primary School we follow the simple view of reading to inform our whole school literacy instruction approach.


The simple view of reading is that learning to read requires two abilities – correctly identifying words (decoding) and understanding their meaning (comprehension). Acquisition of these two broad abilities requires the development of more specific skills. The-simple-view-of-reading

An extensive body of research on reading instruction shows that there are five essential skills for reading and that a high-quality literacy program should include all five components.


Reading and literacy are perhaps the most researched aspects of education.


Thousands of studies of the teaching of reading, and how children learn to read, have been published in scientific and academic journals and there are many hundreds of reviews of the research literature. Not all studies use rigorous scientific methodologies that provide robust, valid findings, however, there are many studies that do.


Evidence from scientific studies has accumulated over the past several decades to provide strong guidance to teachers about the most effective teaching strategies.

The links below provide information about the evidence-based five keys to reading, as well as useful documents and videos.