Building Literacy in the Upper Primary (Y5-8) – Nelson/Tasman


For: Teachers, Leaders, Literacy Leaders, Learning/Teaching Assistants, RTLBs, RTLits, Outreach teachers, etc

Facilitated by: Johnna Alborn, Literacy@Massey, Massey University

This workshop focuses on exploring the key aspects and principles of a structured literacy approach in the upper primary levels. Its content goes beyond the early foundation literacy skills and giving teachers in the senior school practical, evidence-based practice, including explicit teaching, vocabulary instruction and reading comprehension. This workshop will unpack what a structured literacy approach looks like in the upper primary school and examine how to address the language comprehension strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope model.

Part 1: Teacher Knowledge to Teaching Practice

  • Explore the key components and principles of a Structured Literacy approach.
  • Unpack the Upper Strands of the Reading Rope (Language Comprehension).
  • Examine explicit teaching and use in lesson planning.

Part 2: Vocabulary Instruction in Year 5-8

  • Why vocabulary instruction is important.
  • Examine the 3-tier model for selecting vocabulary to teach.
  • Practical classroom activities for vocabulary teaching in Years 5-8.

Part 3: Reading Comprehension

  • Understanding reading comprehension.
  • Incorporating comprehension strategies supported by research.
  • How to plan a whole class reading lesson.

Venue: Tasman Room, Beachcomber Hotel, 23 Beach Road, Tahunanui, Nelson

Cost: $300 +GST per person – includes morning tea, light lunch and resources


  1. To register and pay for this workshop, click on the button below and submit by Friday 6 October 2023.
  2. Numbers are limited to 30 participants on a first-come-first-served basis.
  3. Confirmation details will be emailed in the week prior to the workshop.
  4. If you are unable to attend the workshop but have paid, another person can attend in your place. Refunds will only be considered on a case-by-case basis.