Reading Recovery is an early intervention programme designed to reduce literacy problems. It provides intensive, individual help for children who, after at least one year of schooling, have not responded to classroom teaching in reading and writing. The goal of Reading Recovery is to return the very lowest achieving children to average reading and writing levels for their age in a relatively short time.
How does it work?
Reading Recovery involves a short series of one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day, with a specially trained teacher. The programme takes between 12-20 weeks, depending on the individual, and differs for every child. Teaching is individually designed and individually delivered. The focus is on comprehending messages (in reading) and constructing messages (in writing), so high priority is given to children reading as many books as possible and writing their own texts.
Reading Recovery lessons successfully cease when the child is judged to be able to cope well with reading and writing, and to work successfully with the average group in the classroom. For the very few children who make progress but still continue to require additional literacy support, further help is sought.
How are children selected for Reading Recovery?
We are currently able to take four children on a Reading Recovery programme at any one time. As soon as one child leaves Reading Recovery, another child enters and this process continues throughout the year. Usually 8-10 children will be able to access Reading Recovery each year.
Children must be aged between 5:9-6:3 in order to be considered for Reading Recovery, so in either Year 1 or Year 2. Discussion takes place between the class teacher and Reading Recovery teacher to identify who may benefit from a place on the programme. If there are more children than spaces available, the children are screened using a selection of tasks (book reading, letter identification, word reading, word writing etc.) and places are allocated on this basis.
Parents/Carers are always informed before a child enters a Reading Recovery programme and are invited in at regular intervals to observe lessons and discuss progress.
If you would like to know more about the Reading Recovery programme then please speak to Mrs Kirwin, the school’s accredited Reading Recovery Teacher.