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Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project: Years 2 and 3

Course Tutors
Amanda Webb, Kathy Roe, Penny Slater
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers
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Course Types
Webinar, Project
Course categories
Academies and Schools (including EYFS)
Event Description
Herts for Learning’s highly successful Reading Fluency Project is now available for Year 2 and 3 teachers and pupils. Our initial round proved hugely successful. In just eight weeks, 66% of participating pupils moved up at least one book band, 75% made more than six months’ progress in reading comprehension age and accuracy reading age improved by nine months on average.

This project has been designed to address the issues that we find many of our year 2 and 3 pupils are faced with: insufficient sight vocabulary and an over-reliance on sounding out, insufficient stamina to move on with reading in readiness for KS2, lack of fluency and comprehension skills when reading. 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 2 and 3 will be on an improved trajectory towards the expected standard, 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 three sessions (session 1 is pre-recorded and can be accessed on 5th September, 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 13:30-15:00).

  • a twilight session (delivered as a two-hour live webinar)  

  • a twoklmjk-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).
Training objectives

  • to develop clarity around the core project strategies

  • to gain confidence in delivering the key pedagogical project approaches

  • to consider the reading profile of under-attaining pupils

  • to clarify the key barriers to improving outcomes in reading for under-attaining pupils, and learn how these can be addressed through the project strategies

Learning outcomes

  • teachers and leads will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to implement the project successfully to support those pupils who are working below year group standards in their reading

  • teachers and leads will be able to share this learning with colleagues to ensure that improved progress is secured for more pupils beyond the initial project pupil group

Additional Information
Closing Date
Sunday 11 September 2022
Session Session date Session time Session venue Map
1 12 September 2022 11:00 - 15:00 Livestorm Webinar
2 06 October 2022 15:00 - 17:00 Livestorm Webinar
3 12 January 2023 14:00 - 16:00 Livestorm Webinar
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