Today I am going to put a spotlight on the literacy program InitiaLit that is being implemented in the Prep-Year 2 classes. So what is InitaLit? – it is exactly what it sounds like “initial literacy” learning. The InitiaLit program is an evidence-based whole-class literacy program providing all children with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers. It is a three-year program designed to progressively build upon students’ literacy knowledge and skills.
Within Prep and Year 1 classes, InitiaLit focus on two main components.
1. Phonics: teaching students the basic and advanced alphabetic code, learning letter-sound correspondences and how these are applied to reading and spelling, and understanding common morphemes and simple grammatical concepts.
2. Vocabulary: oral language and listening comprehension.
Within Year 2 classes, InitiaLit focuses on 4 main components.
1. Spelling: teaching the remainder of the advanced alphabetic code as well as new spelling rules and morphological concepts.
2. Reading: developing comprehension and fluency skills.
3. Grammar: learning key grammatical features and how to apply them to a writing task.
4. Vocabulary: continued work with oral language and comprehension.
With engaging whole-class lessons, small group guided reading and interesting storybook lessons, the InitiaLit program is an excellent way to get the students involved and excited about their learning. Implementing this program at GCC provides a level of consistent instruction across the classrooms and allows students to consolidate early reading and writing skills. It is wonderful to see our lower primary students thrive in their literacy learning and develop a passion for reading and writing through the implementation of InitiaLit.
“I am delighted with the results I am seeing from this program. The InitiaLit program takes a very step-by-step approach to learning the basics well, and the skills the children are learning gives them the knowledge to even “decode” words that they may never have seen before. It is exciting to see.” – Heather Dodwell PM
“I have been inspired by the progress the students have made since beginning this program. Our students have developed an understanding of phonics, spelling rules and tricky words through a range of engaging lessons, hands-on activities and catchy songs. Their confidence is growing and they are more and more willing to have a go by drawing on their knowledge when spelling unfamiliar words. Even the teachers have learnt a thing or two when it comes to spelling rules!” – Amy Eskdale 1M
Sarah Jennings, Primary Curriculum Coordinator