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Curriculum Delivery

Our Pedagogical Approach.

At Manning Primary School, Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) is our approach to successfully deliver quality lessons to all students in all learning areas. “Explicit Direct Instruction is the strategic collection of instructional practices combined together to design and deliver well-crafted lessons that explicitly teach content to all students.” Hollingsworth and Ybarra, 2009.

“Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI), an approach to learning based on the best research available, helps teachers deliver effective lessons that can significantly improve achievement for all learners, including English language learners and students with special needs.”

Our EDI specific lesson design components include:

  • Activate Prior Knowledge – Building upon students’ existing knowledge by purposefully moving something connected to the new lesson, from student’s long-term memories, into their working memories
  • Learning Objective (Lesson Importance) – Describing explicitly what students will be able to do by the end of the lesson, which matches the Independent Practice, and is clearly stated to the students
  • Vocabulary – Check students’ understanding of vocabulary and introduce new terminology
  • Skill Development (I do) – Teaching students the steps or processes required to execute the skills in the Learning Objective
  • Guided Practice (We do) – Working problems with students at the same time, step-by-step, while checking that they execute each step correctly
  • Independent Practice (You do) – Having students successfully practice exactly what they were just taught
  • Lesson Closure – Having students work problems or answer questions to prove that they have learned the concepts and skills in the Learning Objective.

Learning Programs at Manning

Our continued focus on delivering Our Future 2022-2025, and the endeavour of consistent and connected practices across year levels, can be seen embedded in our evidence based programs.

Promoting Literacy Development 

Promoting Literacy Development (PLD) is an evidence-based approach to Structured Synthetic Phonics, which is delivered at Manning Primary School from Kindergarten to Year 2. “PLD’s method is derived from the disciplines of speech pathology, occupational therapy and education. PLD advocates that literacy and learning outcomes are maximised for children when their Literacy, Oral Language and Movement & Motor skills are targeted.”

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Hegerty Phonemic Awareness

Students from Kindy – Year 2 are delivered daily phonological and phonemic awareness lessons using the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum. “The Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum is a systematic 35 week program of daily lesson plans that provide a high level of explicit modelling and student engagement. Each level of the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum focuses on eight phonemic awareness skills, along with two additional activities to develop letter and sound recognition, and language awareness.”

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From Year 2 – 6 students continue to be explicitly taught to spell using Soundwaves. “Sound Waves uses synthetic phonics to explicitly and systematically teach students how sounds (phonemes) are represented by letter/s (graphemes) to form written words. Instruction is intentionally pre-planned so that students progress from learning simple, broadly applicable phoneme–grapheme relationships to those that are more complex and unusual.”

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Spelling Mastery

Following diagnostic spelling assessments at the commencement of the year, a small number of students will be invited to join Spelling Mastery to assist their spelling accuracy. “Spelling Mastery is a six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole word approach and the morphemic approach.”

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From Kindy to Year 2 students are taught to write using the evidence-based writing approach, Talk4Writing. “The Talk for Writing approach enables children to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is that children internalise the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with the teacher using shared and guided teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.”

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7 Steps to Writing Success

From Year 3 through to Year 6, teachers deliver engaging writing lessons using the renown program, 7 Steps to Writing Success. “Think of them as building blocks to great writing. Isolating writing skills into individual steps ensures students don’t get ‘bogged down’ with writing the whole piece. They gain confidence in each building block, and then they pull it all together to become creative and engaging writers.”

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