‘Every teacher a reading teacher’
At KAA, all our teachers and are trained in how to teach reading. Our day starts with a 20 minute reading session every morning. The overall aim of these sessions is to create students who are confident and enthusiastic readers, and as such, sessions are tailored to the needs of each group.
All students take a Suffolk Reading Test during induction week to determine the reading age of each individual. Groups for morning reading are then allocated based on reading ages and individual learning needs. Reading Ages are provided on students’ reports, and tested regularly to track progress and provide reading intervention where necessary.
Key activities during Morning Reading include:
- Reading a book as a group
Our library keeps class sets of a large range of children’s fiction selected to introduce students to a range of genres and authors. Morning Reading classes read books that are selected to challenge their reading ability and develop their vocabulary. Students and their teachers read out loud to each other while everyone else follows.
- Completing comprehension activities
Because we take students’ reading ability seriously, we are always looking to ensure that students’ reading is developing. For this reason we regularly assess students’ comprehension of what they are reading, through dynamic discussion, the use of graphic organisers, other active reading strategies.
- Reading their own books
If students are going to love reading they will need to learn to find books that they love and to read them on their own. For this reason students read books that they have chosen for themselves on at least one morning a week. Keen readers wishing to stretch themselves are encouraged to read books from the STRETCH Reading List.
- Reading newspapers
Newspaper reading is linked to positive academic performance. The newspaper is a natural choice to help students develop and apply reading skills because it includes a variety of genres, discourse structures and visual elements and encourages thinking at many different cognitive levels.
- Lexia Reading Programme
Lexia Learning is a phonics-led IPad/PC based program which enables students to master essential reading skills. Students below reading age 9.9 (and therefore are unable to access the curriculum) use the Lexia programme 3 to 4 days a week in the designated Lexia classrooms. Students are placed in groups of no more than 10 and two members of staff – teachers or teaching assistants- work with them, track progress, and deliver any required interventions.
Due to its online nature, Lexia Reading™ consistently provides personalised explicit practice, reducing the need for teacher led support. Easily accessed reports inform planning and evidence progression, thus reducing the dependency on paper based tests.
Student progress is ‘live’- teachers and staff can log on and immediately see how a student in their group is doing. There are three types of live reports that can be accessed – usage, progress and skills – which allow us to track all elements of the program and its effectiveness.