Reading aloud brings benefits

March 03 2018

CHILDREN in Fishponds schools have joined in a national initiative to read aloud with celebrities and dignitaries.

CHILDREN in Fishponds schools have joined in  a national initiative to read aloud with celebrities and dignitaries.

Sports stars, authors and others have been involved, including the Lord Mayor of Bristol Lesley Alexander, who dropped in to Begbrook Primary Academy.

The children partipating in Read Aloud have taken part in the Reading Recovery programme, which involves a series of one-to-one, tailored daily 30-minute lesson with a specially trained teacher.  

The programme has enjoyed great success in Bristol with thousands of local children already having benefited.  Eight out of ten children who take part in Reading Recovery catch up with their classmates within six months.

Councillor Anna Keen, cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Not being able to read at a certain level means children can fall behind at an early stage.  Reading aloud with children is a tried and tested method for improving children’s abilities and motivating them to learn the basic skills needed.”

Research has shown that more than 80 per cent of six year olds who completed Reading Recovery progressed from being the lowest achievers in their class to catching up with their peers. Key Stage Two reading tests for 11 year olds showed that Reading Recovery children had maintained progress and achieved average reading test results for their age.