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The students' ethnicities consist of: African/African Origins, NZ European, NZ Māori, Australian, Chinese, Samoan, Latin American/Hispanic, Tongan, Other South East Asian, British/Irish
St. Joseph’s recognised a need to provide structured literacy intervention for students who they had identified required further support in spelling, phonological awareness as well as providing additional help to their ESOL students. Following the recommendation from a teacher who had previously used StepsWeb, they implemented the programme at the start of 2021.
Starting with small groups of learners from Year 2 to Year 6, StepsWeb was introduced as a supplement to their learning. Not only did they see a marked improvement in their spelling, reading and writing, but they also noticed a change in their students’ enthusiasm and confidence. Due to the programme’s success, the use of StepsWeb expanded throughout the school and became a useful tool for whole-school and remote learning.
StepsWeb was introduced to St. Joseph’s by a teacher, Pam Robertson, in 2021 after setting the programme up in two previous schools she’s taught at. Pam had been using StepsWeb since 2013 after receiving training to use the programme.
After using StepsWeb 30 minutes everyday, either individually or within groups, Pam had seen “excellent success for all students on the programme” with students from Year 3 through to Year 6, especially for those students ‘at risk’ in both reading and writing. During that time, Pam saw student engagement and confidence grow as they maintained continued progress using StepsWeb.
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Standardised spelling test
Games & additional resources
Teacher training webinars
Pam Robertson - class teacher
Pam Robertson - class teacher
100% of students from Room 6 showed progress with an average of 1 ½ years after just 6 months of using StepsWeb.
An ESOL student increased by over 1 year in spelling age after just 6 months of StepsWeb.
St. Joseph’s was looking for a literacy programme that could keep their students engaged and meet the literacy needs of their struggling learners. After seeing the success of StepsWeb in their student’s test results, improved confidence and enthusiasm, St. Joseph’s extended the programme to include more students within their school.
StepsWeb met their needs and exceeded their expectations once they saw excellent progress with not only their struggling learners, but for all students on the programme.
"StepsWeb has brought a new air of excitement for learning and achievement to our school, in the area of spelling and reading especially.
Students have been highly engaged and show commitment to the programme. This has been able to continue during level 3 and 4 lockdown times away from school. The students are motivated by the programme itself, but also through the knowledge they are given of their progress.
It is easy to manage, and children can work independently in class, or be supported in a breakout room with a Teacher Aide.
In one year it has already made a noticeable difference to our learners, particularly those who have struggled throughout Primary School in the area of literacy.
We will certainly be continuing with this programme next year."
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!