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The Spalding Method is a total phonetic based language arts approach providing explicit, sequential, multisensory instruction in handwriting, spelling, writing, listening, reading decoding and comprehension, punctuation, grammar, and vocabulary. Starting in Infant School, it develops critical thinking skills applicable across the curriculum, and it enables teachers to plan lessons based on continuous assessment of individual needs.

The Spalding Method consists of four elements

1. Spelling
This is taught by teaching the sounds of English language (phonograms), together with spelling and language rules and concepts. The use of a spelling notebook enables your child to progressively develop vocabulary, reading and writing skills simultaneously.
2. Writing
Students are taught using the rules of English to write sentences and paragraphs of quality in all subject areas. They will learn analytical skills and develop a capacity to analyse their own writing.
3. Comprehension
These skills are an essential basis for a love of reading. Students learn to appreciate the characteristics of quality literature and writing together with an understanding of how passages are organised.
4. Philosophy
The Spalding Method emphasises the importance of the child as a learner now and for life by integrating all subject areas and developing the child's listening, speaking, reading and writing skills through a multi-sensory approach. It develops higher level thinking processes and expectations in students.

Further Information
Acting on the research finding that the core deficiency of pupils with specific learning difficulties is the inability to hear all the 45 sounds of English, Spalding builds phonemic awareness by implementing the recommendations of the most up-to-date cognitive studies of early childhood.


Teaching approaches and practices in Mathematics include open-ended activities, practical activities and games discussion of mathematical understandings. There is a focus on students sharing their thought processes, targeting the understanding of individual children and the use of mental computation.

NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2015

NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan 2016


Bishop Pope Tawadros II

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