EVERY CHILD A READER
At St. Alban’s Catholic Primary School, our aim is for every one of our children to become independent, confident readers. Above all, we want our children to enjoy reading and from this to find their own motivation to read.
At St. Alban’s we place the greatest importance on helping to create children as readers and we are extremely proud to be an ‘Every Child A Reader’ (ECaR) School. This means we invest huge amounts to ensure our children all become competent readers. All of our children receive first quality teaching for all areas of the curriculum including reading, writing and phonics. The phonics teaching begins in Pre-school and continues throughout the Early Years Foundations Stage, throughout Year One and Two and often into Year Three. Our phonics teaching has an extremely high success rate, indeed we achieved 100% in our last Phonics Screening Test (2013) which rated above the best results in Cheshire East. This first quality teaching within the classroom is often enough for many children to learn to read and write successfully however other children need extra support.
At St. Alban’s, we provide varying degrees of support for any reader who is struggling, needs a little extra support or a boost to help maintain their progress in reading, as outlined below.
We are very lucky to have a small army (we have trained over thirty!) of volunteers who we train up as Reading Coaches. The Reading Coach training is underpinned by the principles of Reading Recover (as is all our reading teaching in school).
The aim of the Reading Coach is to work with children in our school and offer support on a one to one basis as they become more confident readers. These sessions allow our children to find more enjoyment in text, to improve reading accuracy and smoothness or fluency in reading. It helps our children to become more independent and helps to develop strategies so that they know what to do at the point of difficulty. We want our readers’ to read with understanding and to pose questions about what they read and to have more confidence when approaching reading tasks.
Fisher Family Trust Wave Three Intervention
Mrs Milburn, one of our reading specialists, has trained, and delivers, the FFT Wave Three intervention in Key Stage Two. This daily intervention is delivered on a one-to-one basis, which is part of our EVERY CHILD A READER accreditation to raise standards and to accelerate progress. The structure of this intervention is most similar to Reading Recovery and helps us to narrow the gap of attainment between readers in school.
Other practitioners within school are trained in this highly effective intervention and deliver this, when required, around the school.
Reading Recovery Intervention
As an ‘Every Child a Reader’ school, Mrs Clowes is a qualified specialist Reading Recovery Teacher and is currently embarking on Masters level ECaR training as she embarks upon the 'Reading Recovery in Primary Literacy Leadership' course at the Institute of Education, London. This has enabled our school to begin to really examine reading and writing in our own setting making improvements and observations that will be relevant and impact the teaching in our school.
We aim to accelerate progress in reading and writing and raise levels of attainment for individual children to that which is expected, and beyond, their age group.
Reading Recovery has already seen great success at St. Alban’s as many have completed this intensive programme and a few others have benefitted from experiencing the lesson series, or parts of it. The Reading Recovery has been highly successful in accelerating progress in literacy. We have seen a rapid increase in progress for all children who have taken part in all of the specialist literacy intervention programmes.
Mrs Clowes focuses the Reading Recovery teaching in Key Stage One but also spends time training volunteers and members of staff to ensure the principles of Reading Recovery underpin literacy teaching throughout our school.
It is important to us as a school that the Every Child a Reader programmes have far-reaching effects as we embed its principles throughout the whole school.
The graph below shows the progression of a Year One reader, in our school,
as they are take part in the Reading Recovery lesson series.
They move from reading at below level one to a book level that is average for their age group! An exciting and incredibly effective intervention which aims to not only narrow the gap between readers but to CLOSE it and bring the reader to a level which is expected for their age group.
Celebrating our reading success with footballers from
Macclesfield Town Football Club!
The children had a fantastic time sharing their ever improving reading ability when they had the chance to read a story to footballers from the first team squad when they dropped by at St. Alban's for the afternoon! Thanks so much to Mr. and Mrs. Askey for helping us to arrange this special afternoon and to the footballers for giving up their time and for making some little readers very happy.
Reading Coaches: Could you spare at least an hour each week to help our children to develop their reading?
We would love to invite you to become a Reading Coach Volunteer. Call in and let us know if you are available to take part in the next training in September 2014. More details will follow on our Newsletter in the Autumn Term.
"So far, so good with the reading coaching. I am enjoying the opportunity to help a few individuals - some get genuinely excited to be re-visiting a book they liked! Lovely to see confidence growing with the challenge of the written word. Great to be enthusiastic about a process they don't necessarily find easy."
Parent Reading Coach
"I am really enjoying reading with the Reception children. Although it has only been a few weeks I can already see an improvement in their levels of confidence and enjoyment when reading. Initially, some of the children were reluctant to read with me, or wanted to get it over and done with as soon as possible. Now, a number of them will come to find me and ask if it is their turn.
I am constantly learning from the children to discover which methods work for them and keep their attention. Sometimes a child wants to choose a book that interests them. Other times they ask for a more challenging read. We use the white boards to practise writing tricky words and go through the book to pick out those words and repeat them.
I am always made to feel welcomed and valued by the teachers and assistants and have been given plenty of useful advice and tips to improve my skills as a reading coach. The reading recovery system I find is well organised and we know which children need to be seen if we have extra time or our children are unavailable.
Thank you for the support, training and mainly the opportunity of being part of the team of volunteers, I thoroughly enjoy it!"
Parent Reading Coach currently based in Reception