Implementation of KILT’s initiatives is backed by the principals, assisted by volunteers and supported by donor funding.
Foundation Phase training in literacy support
To support teachers in the critically important Foundation Phase and to underpin our remedial reading programme, we contracted ORT SA Cape to provide LEGO Six Bricks training for 35 teachers (Grades 1 to 3) across all Knysna’s primary schools. Teachers learned practical ways of integrating the materials into their teaching. They were fascinated to see that the Six Bricks programme can help develop learners’ perceptual, cognitive, physical and motor skills, and can improve literacy in a fun way. In 2019 KILT is partnering with the Knysna Education Trust to build on this foundation. It will continue training teachers in developing literacy among their young learners in the transition from the mother tongue to the language of instruction – English or Afrikaans. The objective is to enhance literacy teaching skills of Foundation Phase teachers, improve Grade 3 results in literacy and reduce the need for remedial reading classes.
“The LEGO Six Bricks workshop was a highlight of 2018. Teachers say it works wonderfully in the classroom and they are planning their lessons together.”
Sue Buchalter, remedial programme co-ordinator, KILT