Better Start Literacy Approach (BSLA)
At Parakai School our Year 1 and 2 classes use the Better Start Literacy Approach. It is an integrated classroom literacy approach for teachers to support children’s early reading, writing and oral language success. It incorporates vocabulary development using quality children’s story books, structured teaching of critical phonological awareness skills and letter-sound knowledge through fun, game-based activities, activities making explicit links to the reading and spelling context, and structured small group reading sessions using the new Ready to Read – Phonics Plus early readers series. Our teachers are excited to see children benefit from this evidence-based literacy teaching. We encourage whānau to support at home through daily reading with their children.
Accelerated Learning Support
At Parakai School we have a team of Teachers’ Aides working in partnership with teachers to provide accelerated learning opportunities and behavioural support.
We also utilise a range of online resources that support home school learning links and provide individualised acceleration platforms. In the junior team – students have access to Mathseeds and Reading Eggs. From Year 3, students will have access to Stepsweb – an online literacy programme. In the senior team students have a google login for Mathletics, Epic!, Stepsweb and The Writers’ Toolbox access. We encourage parents to regularly observe their children when using these online learning sites to see the range of skills they are developing. Your child’s classroom teacher can provide you with your child’s login and passwords for these sites.