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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Stella Maris Catholic Federation

Reading Plus

In Years 4,5 and 6, children access daily reading activities using 'Reading Plus'.

 

Using an i-pad or laptop, pupils choose from a wide variety of age-appropriate texts (fiction, non-fiction and informational) that are matched to the individual’s reading level. Having read a text selection, pupils practice applying their knowledge and understanding by answering 10 comprehension questions. These questions target the pupil’s knowledge and skill of inference, referral and use of language. This forms a basis for critical thinking.

 

Reading Plus automatically tracks the time it takes to read text selections and establishes a pupil’s silent reading speed. Silent reading speed, or reading rate, together with vocabulary understanding will determine a pupil’s ability to comprehend text.

 

Reading Plus uses a patented 'Guided Window' to help model silent reading fluency best practice. Matched to individual pupils’ reading speed, the Guided Window gradually gets faster once pupils have demonstrated understanding to develop proficient silent reading fluency.

 

Vocabulary

 

Advances made in reading speed must coincide with an individual’s knowledge of vocabulary and how words fit in to a variety of sentence structures.

 

Working through Reading Plus, pupils will encounter up to 2,500 academic vocabulary words that are grouped into individual word lists, to be used for reading in context. This helps pupils to not only understand the meaning of the word, but how to adapt their vocabulary to different sentence structures, tenses, and situations.

 

Visual Skills

 

Pupils’ who have been identified as having a low reading rate or poor reading stamina may need to practice visual perception and visual memory skills.

 

The Visual Skills element of Reading Plus consists of two separate activities that develop a more efficient reading technique through increasing reading speed and word recall:-

 

  • The first activity is called ‘Scan’: Scan has been designed to improve left to right scanning which is an essential skill for efficient reading.
  • The second activity is called ‘Flash’: Flash supports the development of visual memory by identifying clusters of letters as components of other words. This helps with word recall.
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