Key Stage 1 Reading Fluency Project

Course Tutors
Kathy Roe, Michael Gray
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Target Audience
Classroom Teachers
target audience
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 Key Stage 1 teachers and pupils. Our initial round proved hugely successful. In just eight weeks, 66% of participating children 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 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 the expected standard (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 three sessions (session 1 is pre-recorded and can be accessed from 14th 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 14:00-15:00).

  • 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
Learning outcomes
The aims of the project to:

  • equip teachers with the project strategies proven to support in developing reading comprehension skills, that will ensure pupils are on an improved trajectory towards reaching the EXS in reading by the end of Year 2

Additional Information
Closing Date
Monday 20 September 2021
Session Session date Session time Session venue
1 21 September 2021 11:00 - 15:00 Webinar
2 14 October 2021 14:00 - 15:30 Webinar
3 19 January 2022 14:00 - 15:30 Webinar
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