Dear reading teachers,
It's super to hear how practice sessions are having such a big impact on your children's progress. Here are some more ideas that I hope will help your children learn to read more quickly.
Subscriptions have changed. Schools are now able to change the six Practice Films on their shelf weekly. We have also increased the number of Bite-Size Films schools can add to their shelves from three to six. These can be changed weekly too.
Let's get practising!
Read why some children find it hard to learn to read sounds here.
Reception: Carousel Four
There are always three or four Reception children who need extra attention to get off the starting block. These children are usually at different stages so it's hard to teach them as a group – particularly when it comes to sound-blending.
- Start the lesson by practising Set 1 sounds with the whole group, then take each child in turn for five to ten minutes.
- Provide independent play activities for the other three.
- As soon as they can all blend three and four sound words, you may be able to teach them as a group.
Free one-to-one tutoring films
Our priority is to help you to teach your lowest 20% to read. Use our films on the School Portal to help you.
There are two free focus films on the School Portal.
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- Set 1 Speed Sounds Lesson in Reception – watch Amy teach the sound 'e' to her Reception class. Watch the film here.
- Learning to blend – watch Rhian teach blending with Reception child Arabella. Watch the film here.
Please see our updated assessments on Oxford Owl. Children don't need to read any Speedy Green Words to be able to enter Green Group. Focus on 'Special Friends and Fred Talk' in the Red Group and build speed in Green Group.
From Purple Groups onwards, practise reading the Speedy Green Words (speedily!) so children develop fluency as they move through the Storybook groups.
Speed Sounds Slideshows
Type 'Speed Sounds Slideshow' into the search bar on Oxford Owl. You can give children extra practice reading sounds speedily.
Hope all this helps,