Reading support in school
Reading Recovery - Children are identified for Reading Recovery through close observation and by completion of assessment tests. These will be children who appear to be falling behind their peer group in reading and writing or who may not be fulfilling their potential.
Reading recovery is a programme designed to improve the reading and writing skills of children mainly in year 1. During each 30 minute lesson, children read many little books. These include two to three familiar books, a re-reading of the previous day's new book and the introduction and reading of a new story. Children also compose, write and read their own messages or stories. Every book that the child is given to read is carefully chosen to match their reading level.
The lesson series finishes when the child is as able to read and write without help, at the appropriate level for their age. Most children who complete Reading Recovery have gone from text Level 0/1 to Level 17. These children have learned four-to-five times faster than their classmates to catch up and after the intervention their progress should continue in line with their peers. Children who reach this level at the end of their programme are expected to achieve a National Curriculum Level 2 at the end of Key Stage 1.
Around one in five children do not make this level of progress and are referred back to the school for long-term support or referral to outside agencies. However they have usually made considerable improvements in their reading and writing.
Reading Recovery teachers work closely with parents and invite them to watch a lesson during their child’s programme. A new book is sent home following each lesson and other activities are sent home regularly.
The goal of Reading Recovery is to help the child develop successful reading strategies like directional movement, one-to-one matching, locating known words and locating an unknown word, which will then lead the child to use more advanced independent strategies in the future. Magnetic alphabet letters are used for sorting, to assist visual discrimination, and to analyse words. Reading skills, including phonetic skills, are taught in the context of extended reading and writing. The lessons take place in a designated Reading Recovery area which is quiet and calm. It is a structured, fast paced session. Pupils will still have a daily literacy lesson with their class teacher, who will work closely with the Reading Recovery Teacher to share successful strategies.
ChIRP - Chartham Intensive Reading Partnership
We also use ChIRP in selected year groups dependent upon need. It is a lighter touch programme based on principles of BRP and Reading Recovery which involves 15 minute individual sessions with a Teaching Assistant 3 times per week.
Inference training - Good readers must also be able to fully understand what they have read and infer from it. All staff have received Inference Training and are using it in class.