Year 3 to 6 Reading Workshop: ‘The Big Six’

. . . the six evidence-based skills and strategies all readers need


Learning to read and read well is the most important educational outcome. Decades of research highlights the importance of reading success in the early years, but extending this expertise is imperative for intermediate readers. Accessing more complex texts requires ongoing focused reading instruction which continues to draw on six delicately combined and executed knowledges, skills, and strategies. These have been identified across numerous widespread studies over recent years and are commonly referred to as 'The Big Six'.

For early-years readers, ‘Big Six’ instruction focuses on the skills readers need to decode simple and common words and understand the ideas in less complicated texts.

For intermediate and middle-schoolers, ‘Bix Six’ instruction must lift and extend these skills and knowledges. It must build students’ capacities to access texts with higher levels of complexity, deeper, multilayered meanings and which draw on less-familiar ideas, lesser-known themes, and more abstract concepts. Deeper understandings of code-breaking and more advanced word solving, and language skills are essential, as are the more sophisticated skills needed to synthesise the various levels of meaning in texts.

In this full day workshop for teachers and teachers’ aides, participants will explore ‘The Big Six’ and how these apply to intermediate and upper primary readers. This workshop will explore and analyse 'The Big Six':

  • Oral language
  • Phonological awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension

You will receive:

  • workshop notes
  • tea/coffee on arrival, morning tea and lunch


$345 + GST (Limited places are available so please register early.)
RSVP: Five (5) working days prior to workshop

Should you attend?

This workshop is suitable for Teachers of Year 3 to Year 6 including Year 3-6 Intervention Teachers and Teachers’ Aides.

Where and when?

See our workshop calendar for locations, venues and dates. Please note that workshops not identified in your location can be booked directly and hosted at your school.