Structured literacy approach

What is structured literacy?

Structured literacy is an instructional approach that provides a clear framework for teaching literacy skills and is built on oral language foundations. It is grounded in what we know about how the brain learns to read and write. The framework has key elements that all teachers and educators need to understand and know how to apply in their settings.

These include: 

  • Applying brain science and learning theory to classroom practice and design,
  • understanding how language is developed and learned,
  • scope and sequence,
  • adaptability,
  • phonological awareness (the ability to hear and create sounds in spoken language), phonics (the relationships between sounds and letters, or groups of letters), and phonemic awareness (the ability to hear and work with the smallest units of spoken language),
  • an equitable approach focused on the unique learning needs of each ākonga.

Tātai Aho Rau literacy development approach 

This graphic illustrates the adaptive professional facilitation approach utilised by Tātai Aho Rau facilitators. Pedagogy is built alongside content knowledge through rapid cycles of teacher inquiry.

Read about how this approach has been particularly successful at Winton School, here.

 This illustrated graphic illustrates the adaptive approach utilised by Tātai Aho Rau facilitators. It shows a river where Pedagogy is built alongside content knowledge through rapid cycles of teacher inquiry.

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Kōrero with our team