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Increasing reading outcomes through differentiated teaching

Toora Primary School, VIC

Toora Primary is a small school of just 37 students in a dairy farming town in rural Victoria. Due to declining numbers, the school now operates a two-class structure – Prep to Year 2 in one class and Years 3-6 in the other.

Prior to 2017, teaching was not consistent across the classes, and the school struggled to teach students of wide age ranges in the same class. This led to a decline in student results.

Staff set about fixing this problem by co-designing a whole school reading program called ‘Task Board’, which is based on the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum – a comprehensive resource for assessment, planning and teaching in primary schools.

Whilst the Task Board approach is working well and has the full support of staff, parents and the community, the school lacks the reading resources to keep it going. Toora Primary’s reading sets are more than 30 years old, damaged and incomplete, and do not align with the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum.

Your support will help the school purchase 10 guided reading sets at each of the 30 reading levels and provide additional professional development opportunities for staff, to allow them to implement its reading program to its full effect.

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Toora Primary School

TOORA, VIC

www.tooraps.vic.edu.au

Toora Primary is a small school of just 37 students in a dairy farming town in rural Victoria. Due to declining numbers, the school now operates a two-class structure – Prep to Year 2 in one class and Years 3-6 in the other.

Prior to 2017, teaching was not consistent across the classes, and the school struggled to teach students of wide age ranges in the same class. This led to a decline in student results.

Staff set about fixing this problem by co-designing a whole school reading program called ‘Task Board’, which is based on the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum – a comprehensive resource for assessment, planning and teaching in primary schools.

Whilst the Task Board approach is working well and has the full support of staff, parents and the community, the school lacks the reading resources to keep it going. Toora Primary’s reading sets are more than 30 years old, damaged and incomplete, and do not align with the Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum.

Your support will help the school purchase 10 guided reading sets at each of the 30 reading levels and provide additional professional development opportunities for staff, to allow them to implement its reading program to its full effect.

Toora Primary School

TOORA,

www.tooraps.vic.edu.au