How technology can support reading
We want children to grow up with a love of books, but also recognise the place for computers, smartphones and tablets as ways to engage children to read.
Every child will be bringing home books from either their phonics session, their guided reading or their independent choice from our library. However, we also encourage children to access our online reading scheme, 'Bug Club,' in school at lunchtimes and at home in their spare time. Every child has a username and password and the books can be accessed whenever the child has an internet connection. The texts are bright and engaging and the children really enjoy reading them and answering the questions on screen as they go through the ebook.
In 2016-17, we introduced an online reading skills resource called Lexia Core5, which the children access at school. The programme develops children's vocabulary, reading speed, comprehension, spelling and grammar. This resource can also be accessed from home and children are encouraged to log on regularly.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, we introduced another online reading resource aimed at Years 5 and 6. Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution that improves fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, stamina, and motivation. Reading Plus begins with an adaptive assessment that pupils complete on their own and without any intervention from their teacher. The results from this provide a baseline and the data-driven starting point for a pupil's journey through the programme. Weekly assignments are set with personalised instructions for pupils, these include visual skills development for eye-tracking, reading tasks for comprehension and fluency, and vocabulary tasks.
Links to both resources are below. If you would like more information, please speak to your child's class teacher at the next Assertive Mentoring meeting.