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Chidlow students James Marovac and Mitchell Davis with literacy specialist Denise DeWolfe.

Ending school year on a high

CHIDLOW Primary School teachers are toasting to improved literacy results as the school year comes to a close.

The Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation Sounds-Write program, gaining popularity in WA this year, has been helping students at Chidlow primary to spell and read better with the school recording significant results in its younger year groups.

Literacy Specialist Denise DeWolfe said the school recognized the need for a new approach to approve literacy results in its students and sought help from the foundation.

“The results with the pre-primary students has been amazing, even children with learning issues are picking up their reading and we expect down the track to have no failures in reading across the school,” she said.

With 20 years teaching experience in United States private schools and Australian rural schools, Mrs DeWolfe and all teachers from kindergarten to year 3 attended a four-day training program at the Dyslexia SPELD Foundation.

Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation executive officer Mandy Nayton said staff had followed the schools progress closely throughout the year.

“At this early stage of implementation, significant progress and improvement can be seen across the junior primary classes,” she said.

“The lessons are engaging and are delivered at a brisk pace which has resulted in the children’s sustained attention during each session.”

Principal Christine Hennessy said pre-primary students had surpassed achievements of previous years and reading results from the Year 1’s had progressed to above the national average when compared against the State standardized testing results.

By Claire Ottaviano

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