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Welcome to the Spring 2011 edition of Newsline

“Working together to support children who find reading more difficult”

On Friday March 11th school was buzzing as staff, parents, governors and members of the Local Authority worked and learned together, around the theme of helping the children at Alexandra to become happy and confident readers.
Parents and carers from 30 of our 75 families came to school for all or part of the day and joined a series of workshops and seminars led by experts in literacy.

Why did we choose reading for our conference?

Our data shows that overall, children make steady progress in reading and that attainment is broadly in line with scores in other subjects including Maths. But I have been concerned that some of our more able children - usually those with EBD - have been leaving school with reading skills and scores which are below potential and below the threshold for independence at High school or in adult life.

Many other children, including some on the Autism continuum, have made progress in learning important letter and word recognition skills but have found it hard to use these abilities in relation to understanding and enjoying real books. Parents are often worried and frustrated by their children’s slow progress in reading and in order to try to help, they reach back to their own experiences in school. So an aim for the day was to clarify the task we all have regarding developing literacy. Our understanding is that children learn to read in a multi layered way; including sharing books at home, listening to stories at bedtime, learning to recognise significant whole words and of course through developing phonic skills too. Our children are only going to make good progress in reading if we have a coherent process in place which is suited to their learning styles and where children’s families understand and support our methods.
The Key Note Speaker was a nationally recognised author and reading expert, Ms Dee Reid. Parents, Governors and staff listened to her presentation with wrapt attention, occasionally breaking out into laughter or applause. The whole of her Presentation is available as a PowerPoint on Fronter.

Since the conference, staff have generated next steps including more training, new resources, changes in class room practice and ideas for more joined up working between home and school. Stand by for further news over the weeks and months to come.

Dennis Goldthorpe, Headteacher

 

Links to Spring 2011 Newsline Pages

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