your Upper Primary Literacy Block on Strong Foundations

You will be equipped with knowledge, lesson plans and ongoing support to create your dream structured literacy block.  

Teaching Know How
Ongoing Support

Upcoming Dates


2024 (Save the date)

July 12th, Darwin

August 26th, Bunbury

September 20th, Shepparton


October 17th, Central Coast NSW
October 19th, Maitland
October 21st, Newcastle

November 21st, Mildura
November 23rd Broken Hill

We appreciate that not everyone can make it to a live workshop with us.  However, you can register your interest in participating in this course live online below.

One of the biggest barriers to Year 3-6 Teachers embracing structured literacy is a lack of knowledge about language
(because none of us were taught what we needed to know!). 

Many schools have seen significant growth in student literacy outcomes in the early years by shifting to explicit, structured teaching of reading and writing.  However, upper primary teachers (Years 3-6) have not had the same support to make this shift.  It is time for that to change. 

  • Feeling unsure about how to teach spelling?
  • Worried that you don't have the knowledge to help your students go beyond phonics? 
  • Not exactly sure of the difference between phonics, phonemic awareness, morphology, orthography and etymology? (or how to use this knowledge in practice?) 
  • Looking for an alternate to small group guided reading?
  • Spending all weekend planning and preparing instead of spending time with family and friends?
  • Do the words syntax, clause, phrase and subordinate make you feel overwhelmed? 
  • Looking for answers to how to teach comprehension (now that strategies aren't the main element of teaching)?

What you can expect

'Build Foundations for Your Literacy Block in Years 3-6' is a full-day workshop designed to equip teachers with critical knowledge about how our language works and some simple instructional routines that you can use in your classroom the very next day. 

Accessible Concept Explanations

Everything will be shared in a way that is accessible, no matter your background knowledge.

Practical, Actionable Strategies

Use what you learn the very next day.

12-months of ongoing support

You will receive ongoing support through 12 months of the Evergreen Teacher membership.

Already an Evergreen Teacher member? We have a special price just for you! 
Email to book your place. 

 After 30 years of teaching, I was frustrated and jaded, but this has renewed my interest/love and spark. I enjoy teaching reading (and English) again as I can see every child feeling more confident and making progress and, most importantly, wanting to read and write. It's given me the confidence to back up what I'm doing - so Thank you!

 Doreen. K. - Classroom Teacher 

Live session covers (7)

Our Day Together

Introduction - Explore the elements of instruction that research indicates are critical for strong reading and writing development in Years 3-6 and learn about the structure of an upper primary literacy block.

Part 1 - How Words Work
Build your understanding of the lenses through which we view words including morphology and etymology. Learn a simple routine for spelling instruction.

Part 2 - Building Strong Sentences
Consolidate your understanding of key concepts about sentence structure (syntax) and learn a routine for daily, low variance syntax instruction to help your students gain control of their writing.

Part 3 - Working at Text Level
Grow your understanding of how to teach and assess comprehension through rich texts. Experience a whole class text level reading lesson that you can take away and apply across the curriculum.

Workshop provides incredible value

Never again do you have to feel lost answering the questions:

- What's the difference between phonology, orthography, morphology and etymology (or knowing how to put that knowledge into practice)? 
- Why is (insert word here) spelled this way? 
- How can I help my students learn to read and spell unknown words? 
- What's the plan to help struggling students learn to read and spell at word level? 
- What's the difference between a compound and complex sentence? 
- How can I improve my students' writing? 
- What's an embedded clause? 
- What the difference between a clause and a phrase? 
- How do I teach syntax without feeling overwhelmed? 
- How do I teach comprehension so that it works? 
- How can I integrate reading and writing in my literacy block?