Phonics and Wordlists

Literacy Assessment Guidelines

Running Records

At PAWPS students reading abilities are assessed using the PM Running Record Kit. This is a comprehensive reading assessment resource that has been designed to explicitly assess students instructional and independent reading levels using meaningful texts.

The reading assessment resource consist of:

  • 46 texts
  • Students read one fiction book for every level from Levels 1-14 and;
  • One fiction and non-fiction book from Levels 15-30 (students must pass both texts before they progress to the next level)
  • Each book has an emphasis on reading fluency, re-telling and comprehension
  • Students need to achieve 95% on their test and a satisfactory/excellent score on comprehension to move to the next level

The benchmark (targets) for PAWPS students are:

  • Level 8 by the end of Reception
  • Level 17 by the end of Year 1
  • Level 24 by the end of Year 2
  • Level 30 (Independent Reader) by the end of Year 3

Students have access to books that are levelled (based on the above targets), colour coded and placed into Reader Tubs that are then allocated to classrooms. The levels are divided into lot of three (as there is not enough room in a class to have thirty reader tubs). Therefore, if your child moves up a level or two, they may still be on the same coloured reader tub. The diagram below shows how levels and colours are displayed on readers tubs.

Levels 1,2,3 

Levels 1,2,3

 Levels 16,17,18

Levels 16,17,18

 Levels 4,5,     6

Levels 4,5,6

 Levels 19,20,21

Levels 19,20,21

 Levels 7,8,9     

Levels 7,8,9

 Levels 22,23,24

Levels 22,23,24

 Levels 10,11,12

Levels 10,11,12

Star

Levels 25,26,27

 Levels 13,14,15

Levels 13,14,15

Star

Levels 28,29,40

Oxford Sight Words

As of 2018 PAWPS will be implementing the introduction of the Oxford Wordlist as Sight Words. The Oxford Wordlist identifies the top 500 high-frequency words that children use today. We have set sight word targets to be achieved by the end of each year level. The 500 words have been separated into 20 lists, each list containing 25 words. This makes it easier for assessment and student tracking for set year level targets.

Oxford Word List At Home

Oxford Word List

We encourage parents to listen to your child/ren read their sight words each night. An example of a sight word list can be seen below. When practising sight words, please record your child’s efforts in the boxes provided:

  • A tick when the word is read fluently and correctly
  • A dot if your child has difficulty reading the word

Teachers will send home a new list once students have successfully read the words on 4 occasions and the teacher deems the student is able to demonstrate automaticity when reading the words. It is important students are reproducing the words automatically as it ‘frees up the brain’ to concentrate on higher-level strategies when reading and writing.

Reading and Spelling

In conjunction with reading the Oxford Wordlist, students will also focus on the spelling of these words. This process will consolidate students’ learning of the sight words and allow for lifelong recognition of familiar words. This process falls in line with the DECD requirements and aligns with the Australian Curriculum.

Oxford Word List Targets

Jolly Phonics

For your Information: Jolly phonics provides a thorough foundation for Reading, Writing and Spelling. This program teaches 42 main sounds of English, not just the alphabet letters. Each sound has an action which helps the children to remember the sound that it represents. Some sounds are made with two letters which are called diagraphs e.g. “ee” as in sheep and “ai” as in rain.

  • End of Reception – Recognise (read) all 42 sounds
  • Year 1, 2, and 3 – Revise 42 sounds (and continue to test if not yet achieved)

The sounds are taught in the following order:

  1. s, a, t, i, p, n
  2. ck, e, h, r, m, d
  3. g, o, u, l, f, b
  4. ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or
  5. z, w, ng, v, oo, oo
  6. z, x, ch, sh, th, th
  7. qu, ou, oi, ue, er, ar