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Dannevirke is situated in the Tararua region of the North Island.
Their ethnicities consist of: NZ European/Pakeha, Māori, Chinese, African, Indian, Cook Islands, Cambodian, British, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese, Japanese, Samoan.
StepsWeb was first introduced to Dannevirke by an RTLB (Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour) after identifying a small group of students who were achieving below the expected literacy level. After reviewing the programme, the staff felt StepsWeb offered a way for students to develop their literacy skills effectively while also having fun.
Initially the RTLB funded the computer-based program and the teacher aide (TA) hours to implement it. Seeing the gains the students were making, the school decided to purchase licences on the web-based program and supporting workbooks and games.
We ensure students have dedicated time each day to spend on StepsWeb.
Students' certificates are displayed so they can be reminded of their success.
A dedicated space for students to do StepsWeb.
When passion is promoted from the teachers the students are more engaged.
Caroline Gyde - Deputy Principal
Student - year 3
“Helps me to spell and it’s fun when we have game day.”
“I like doing the challenges and the word search is fun. StepsWeb helps me to get my ‘b’ and ‘d’ around the right way.”
“StepsWeb helps me to learn to spell words and it makes my reading better because I know the words. I like getting the gold medals and putting them on the wall, My golds can go all the way up the wall sometimes.”
“StepsWeb is challenging. Game day and playing blocks are fun. I have learnt how to use a keyboard. It also helps with my spelling and concentration.”
The school identified students achieving below the expected literacy level and needed to investigate intervention programs to support these learners to ensure they were not left behind.
Differentiated instruction to allow students needing extra support in literacy was paramount for students to succeed at their own level and build their confidence to see that they too can achieve. StepsWeb has been the program to achieve this and Dannevirke South School will continue to use StepsWeb with small groups moving forward.
Caroline Gyde - Deputy Principal
“We have been using StepsWeb for over 3 years now and we have seen amazing progress across all year levels. We have two very committed teacher aides who run the programme and track student progress and achievement closely. They have an excellent relationship with the children and this certainly has helped. The students are excited to be able to track their progress and always like to receive the certificates when they finish a level. We have seen accelerated progress for the majority of students who are selected for the programme.
It is lovely to see the learners’ self-esteem grow and their drive to achieve. It is important to use the whole programme including the workbooks and games, especially for the neurodiverse children.
StepsWeb has an amazing support network and are very easy to work with. As a result of the children’s enthusiasm and the progress we are seeing, we will continue to use StepsWeb.”
Phillipa Parfitt - Lead Teacher Aide
Structured Course - A logical literacy progression for every learner in your class. No more reinventing the wheel – or setting and marking spelling tests! Easily teach and monitor learners working at their own individual levels – one of the most important ways to stop struggling learners from falling through the gaps.
Use existing wordlists or customise your own - Reinforce any phonic pattern, rule or a specific topic you are covering in class - in any alphabetic language! StepsWeb will create a range of online and printable reinforcement - even for lists you create yourself!
Core literacy skills - Already built into the Course and supporting activities for younger or struggling learners: phonological awareness, phonic knowledge and skills, reading fluency, days and months, and memory skills. Ideal for dyslexic learners.
Extension learners - As well as the higher Course levels, your more advanced learners can work through word study materials. Homophones, prefixes and suffixes, word roots, vocabulary – and much more!