At Otonga School we use Structured Literacy – The Code of Learning to Read and Write
Structured literacy (SL) approaches emphasise highly explicit and systematic teaching of all important components of literacy. These components include foundational skills (decoding, spelling) and higher-level literacy skills (reading comprehension, written expression).
This approach differs from our traditional or ‘balanced literacy’ methods. One difference that you will find is that our younger students will not bring a leveled book home, instead they will have their own tasks related to their learning needs.
The children will be taught the letter-sound correspondences that match the decodable books they will soon be reading. Then they will be shown how to blend these sounds together to read words. They will also be shown how to break words into individual sounds to help them spell.