Prep to Year 3 Reading: ‘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'.

What are 'The Big Six'?
Why do they matter?
How do I teach them?

In this full day workshop for teachers and teachers’ aides, participants will explore ‘The Big Six’ and how these apply to early and intermediate readers. It is well documented that reading abilities are enhanced and reading success improved when explicit instruction around ‘The Big Six’ is provided and when skills within and across ‘The Big Six’ are developed, refined, applied and mastered.

This workshop will explore and analyse 'The Big Six':

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

Each area will be examined, and strategies for teaching discussed.

You will receive:

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


$295 + 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 Prep to Year 3 and Prep to Year 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.