Herts for Learning’s highly successful Reading Fluency Project is now available for Key Stage 1 teachers and pupils. Our initial round proved hugely successful. In just 8 weeks, 66% of participating children moved up at least 1 book band, 75% made more than 6 months’ progress in reading comprehension age and accuracy reading age improved by 9 months on average.
This project has been designed to address the issues that we find many of our KS1 pupils are faced with: insufficient sight vocabulary and an over-reliance on sounding out, insufficient stamina to get through the SAT paper at Year 2, lack of comprehension skills when reading aloud. This project offers strategies that will have a swift and powerful impact on pupils’ reading achievement in a short space of time. Following successful implementation of the project, pupils in Year 1 and 2 will be on an improved trajectory towards EXS at the end of KS1, have a more positive relationship with books; be more enthusiastic, confident readers with an increased understanding and engagement with texts.
The project will focus predominantly on the need to improve pupils' reading fluency of sufficiently complex texts. The past few years have seen increased reference to the need to develop fluency in reading. The DfE exemplification materials and test papers highlighted heightened expectations around swift comprehensive reading. A lack of fluency impacts upon understanding, motivation, confidence and rates of progress. Research has shown that specific instruction around fluency enables pupils to free up cognitive space which can be directed more effectively towards other activities “… such as comprehension, analysis, elaboration and deep understanding.” [Hattie 2014]
The project incorporates a range of high-quality CPD elements, including:
- a project launch, incorporating 3 sessions (session 1 is pre-recorded and can be accessed from 15th April one week prior to the launch day, session 2 and session 3 will be delivered as live webinars across one day, session times: 11:00-12:30 and 14:00-15:30).
- a twilight session (delivered as a two-hour live webinar)
- a 2-hour in-school visit (this can be delivered remotely if necessary)
- a final review (delivered as a two-hour live webinar)
Please note: Live sessions are recorded and will be available to access for one week after delivery.
In addition, schools will be supplied with assessment materials, which will support in judging the impact of the project. The HfL advisory team will mark and analyse the assessment materials, providing the pre-intervention data outcomes at the school visit and the post-intervention data outcomes at the final review.
The project cost covers the inclusion of one teacher (who will deliver the sessions) and a project lead (this may be the English subject leader).