State School has embarked on a new and exciting literacy journey with the
schoolwide introduction of Melinda Cassells’ Sounds-Letters (S2L) program. The purpose of this program is to improve the
long term storage and retrieval of information in our students’ brains to
expand their spelling and reading practices.
Teachers across our school are
talking in depth about sounds and the ways in which they go together with
letters. They are exploring the complex
relationship between sounds and letters by teaching the underlying literacy
skills of sound knowledge, phonological awareness, letter knowledge,
handwriting and linking sounds to letters.
However, the methods in which this learning is delivered to students is
utilising multimodal learning, repetition and play based practices that
encompass multiple learning styles.
Learning styles stem
from our senses and help us to attain a particular goal quicker when exposed to
our preferred way/s of learning. They
allow us as learners to build roads in our brain so that information can be
stored and then successfully retrieved again at a later date. At Lawnton, sounds are being taught and
connected with a gesture and picture icon.
The purpose being to strengthen our students’ knowledge surrounding
sounds and letters, providing them with a strong foundation in their literacy