Building Literacy Skills: Words and Sentences

The Building Blocks of Word Knowledge and Sentence Building Skills – from Teacher Knowledge to Teaching Practice

Teachers and teacher aides of primary-aged students who wish to develop their understanding of the two key elements for success as a reader and writer are invited to attend a workshop on how to help their students improve in spelling, word reading and writing and sentence construction.

Part 1: Systematic Explicit Instruction

  • This session will focus on the systematic and explicit teaching of words through a progression.
  • Teachers will gain knowledge about how the code of English spelling works and practical lessons on how to teach it.

Part 2: Sentence Building Skills

  • This session will focus on the building blocks of the sentence, moving from correct sentences to manipulating them for effect.
  • Teachers will explore practical ways to teach sentences for all Year 1-8 students.

Date: Saturday 17 June 2023

Time: 9.30 am – 2.30 pm

Venue: Patumahoe School, 38 Patumahoe Road, Patumahoe

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

Facilitated by: Claire Knight, and Dr Christine Braid, Literacy@Massey, Massey University


  1. To register for this workshop, please complete the attached registration form and submit by Friday 9 June 2023.
  2. Payment in full prior to the workshop will secure your place. Confirmation will be emailed in the week prior to the workshop.
  3. 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.