Strengthening teaching in Grade R

2017-05-18 06:00
Tammy Goliath and Dalene Malusi from Pellsrus Primary School receiving training at the launch of the STELLAR programme.                     Photo:SUPPLIED

Tammy Goliath and Dalene Malusi from Pellsrus Primary School receiving training at the launch of the STELLAR programme. Photo:SUPPLIED

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TWENTY-FIVE Grade R teachers, who form part of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm’s Literacy Programmes, are set to benefit from an early language and literacy programme. The programme, which is fully compliant with CAPS, was kicked off on Tuesday, May 16, at St Patrick’s School in Humansdorp and will continue until the end of 2017.

Explaining the motivation behind this education programme, Marion Green-Thompson, Economic Development Director of Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, says, “Evidence clearly shows how important oral language and literacy foundations are for all school learning. Children who have more developed language and literacy capabilities when they start Grade 1 go on to become better readers and writers. STELLAR provides theoretical and practical ideas to help Grade R teachers work with young children to build crucial skills in a fun, story-based, activity-rich programme,”

The STELLAR Programme, which stands for ‘strengthening teaching of early language and literacy in Grade R’ is designed to support Grade R teachers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to teach oral language and emergent literacy effectively.

Teachers participating in the programme will be required to attend reflective workshops and training sessions over the course of a year. Teachers implement the programme between workshops and share their experiences and learning with each other as the course progresses. Participants receive a file of user-friendly materials that enables them to continue delivering the programme after the training has ended. The materials include stories, big books, puppets, sequence pictures, activity guidelines, tips and ideas, resources and much more. What’s more, materials are available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa, making it ideal for schools in the Eastern Cape.

This programme is very comprehensive and supportive, as STELLAR trainers work alongside Grade R teachers for a period of six months. They facilitate interactive learning through hands-on activities, report-back and group discussions, and a non-judgmental environment designed to build confidence in the instructors and their students.

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