Building Literacy Skills Workshop – Blenheim


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

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

This workshop focuses on increasing teacher knowledge of how The Code of English spelling works and the building blocks of word knowledge. This component of the workshop is based on a trial where students showed significant progress in their reading and spelling. It will also unpack morphology and vocabulary instruction and why the explicit teaching of these components is beneficial to reading comprehension. This workshop will also look in depth at the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books, teaching through a systematic scope and sequence, and how to utilise these books effectively.

Part 1: Exploring the Building Blocks for Word Knowledge

  • Systematic and explicit teaching of words through a progression.
  • How The Code of English spelling works.
  • Practical lessons on how to teach through the progression.

Part 2: Morphology and Explicit Teaching of Vocabulary

  • Why vocabulary instruction is important.
  • Examine the 3-tier model for selecting vocabulary to explicitly teach.
  • What morphology is and why it is essential.

Part 3: Examining the Reading to Read Phonics Plus Texts

  • Systematic and explicit teaching through a scope and sequence.
  • How to utilise the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books.
  • Planning and implementing a small group lesson using Ready to Read Phonics Plus books.

Venue: Whitney Street School, Whitney Street, Blenheim

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 Monday 28 August 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.