The Value of Handwriting article

A recent and interesting article from the Dyslexic Speld journal with research showing some benefits of handwriting, particularly on reading comprehension, for all students (not just those with an SLD).

An article worth a read

This was emailed to me yesterday, thanks to Lis Turner. Very thought provoking article about a day in the life of a high school student.
Grant Wiggins blog – article

Handwriting Guidelines

Here is a link to the new 2014 Department of Education Handwriting Guidelines. It provides links to year level Australian Curriculum content; whole school and classroom planning advice.

These guidelines recognise the need for all students to develop a personal handwriting style that is legible, fluent and automatic that enables them to communicate effectively when writing for different purposes. The document replaces the Department’s previously published Handwriting guidelines. It makes explicit links to the content descriptions from the Australian Curriculum: English that form a mandatory part of each school’s teaching and learning program from 2015.

SCSA Curriculum & Assessment Outline

Thought I would share this page on the SCSA site with you, in anticipation for next term’s report writing!!

The link below is the JUDGING STANDARDS page which details the achievement descriptions, the assessment pointers for each GRADES (A, B, C, D, E) from Pre-Primary to Year 10. There is also annotated worksamples for grades. There is more that needs adding to the worksamples, however this is a good place to start discussions.

Happy exploring


Professional Reading – Spelling

This article was supplied by Megan Griffiths from the West Coast Speech and language Centre. The article  looks at spelling after children have mastered the basic code (i.e. single sounds) through synthetic phonics. It is an easy read.

Article How words cast their spell


Books for Boys

Shared by Fiona Angelatos from Geraldton Primary. This pdf has a list of books relevant for upper primary/lower secondary boys to read and be inspired.

Books for Boys

Synthetic Phonics recording

Please find the link below for you to watch Chad Barnes (Yr 6 teacher at Rangeway) present his Synthetic Phonics CENTRA session. Chad talks about his journey with Synthetic Phonics and how this works in his classroom. The session was recorded in Centra so you will have to install SABA on your computer and be logged on to the Portal.

Thanks again to Chad for giving up his time.

Afterschool Writing Assessment and Moderation session

Our Afterschool Writing Moderation session at Allendale PS on the 5 June was a huge success, with 50 people in attendance. Thanks to all of the teachers that came and shared. It is great to see so many motivated and engaged teachers.

Attached is the Persuasive Marking rubric and the Writing Grade Grid we used. The marking rubric is developed from the NAPLAN 2102 marking guide and the Writing Grade Grid was developed from the 2012/13 Year 3, 5, 7 & 9 NAPLAN data.

NAPLAN writing rubric – to score a piece of writing

NAPLAN Grade writing grid – to grade the score you gave on the piece of writing

2012 NAPLAN persuasive marking guide – this document has annotated work samples for each of the categories. It explains each of the categories and has strategies in the back to teach persuasive writing.

Happy exploring


Synthetic Phonic link

Sue Ashworth was kind enough to share this website with us on Synthetic Phonics. It has resources and webinars available on it.

Year 10 English Program – Alison McCarthy

The following Year 10 English program has been adapted from an existing Year 10 documentary study unit, which focuses on a social issue. The unit has run over three years and has been adapted to cover the Australian Curriculum requirements.

After considering the implications of General Capabilities and the emphasis of a cross-curricular approach, this document is the result of further adaptation to pave the way for cross-curricular activities and assessments to be run in collaboration with History units.

The adapted English unit includes a three-week collaborative project where students collaborate and create a website for the purpose of raising public awareness about homelessness. The unit includes an excursion to a local community service or charity that provides assistance to homeless people. Through documenting and recording their experiences to the learning undertaken, the class is asked to create a website that focuses on the issue and provides a starting point to raise awareness in the local community or wider Australian public.

The links to History Knowledge and Understanding content include the Overview and the Globalising World. Through their understanding of these historical perspectives, students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to understand contemporary challenges to Australian communities.

This adapted unit has been created with the assistance of Mr Ian Manuel, Society and Environment Teacher at Morawa DIstrict High School. His contribution of suggested resources and learning activities is acknowledged and appreciated.

Year 10 English Unit of Work

Alison McCarthy Teacher – English
Morawa District High School December 2013