Teaching Reading in KS2
In Class 3 and 4, Wellington Square is used to meet the needs of children who are having difficulty in learning to read. It provides straightforward progression through 5 levels of the scheme, from wordless picture books to storybooks with full-text. Wellington Square widens the pupils’ reading experience through age appropriate stories and stimulating support materials.
Wellington Square is designed to meet the needs of children aged 7-13+ who are having difficulty in learning to read. It provides straightforward progression through all 5 levels of the scheme, from wordless picture books to storybooks with full-text. Wellington Square widens your pupils' reading experience through imaginative and stimulating support material.
Accelerated Reader :
Accelerated Reader is used in St Bridget’s in the Junior Classrooms to encourage children to continue to progress with their reading through choosing books which are appropriate for their ability and interest level. Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriately challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engaged but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
Children take a STAR Reading Test to determine their reading level. It is a computer based reading assessment program which uses computer adaptive technology. Questions continually adjust to the child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child cannot answer a question or answers incorrectly, the difficulty level is reduced.
The books in the library have been colour coded according to their reading level. After taking their STAR Reading Test, the children are given a ZPD (Zone of Proximal Development) which dictates the colour of books they should be reading. Reading books within their ZPD will challenge a child without causing frustration or lack of motivation. It is important that children read with a high level of comprehension and within his/her ZPD.
Once a child has read their book, they log into their account to take a quiz where they get immediate feedback. Passing the quiz is an indication that the child has understood what they have read. The children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.
Every book that has an AR Reading Practice Quiz is given a points value. AR points are based on the length of the book (number of words). Pupils earn a percentage of points according to how well they pass the quiz. Once a certain number of points have been achieved, children are awarded a certificate and a Reader Certification Level. These levels are motivational benchmarks for the children which allow them to progress through 8 levels from Ready Reader to Honours Reader.
Guided Reading and 1-1 Reading
Guided Reading and 1-1 sessions also take place in Juniors. 1-1 sessions are mainly for children who are still needing a little extra help with fluency and understanding.
Guided Reading sessions take place where children are grouped by ability and work with a teacher or a teaching assistant to improve their decoding, inference and deduction skills.
Reading in the curriculum
Story books are often used in other areas of the curriculum such as: modelling writing, history, maths, RE, DT & Geography This allows children to escape back in time and find out what life was like for others, or to immerse themselves in a character’s life discovering their point of view.
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