Dagenham pupils show off literacy success at ‘Read Aloud’ event in the British Library
- Credit: Archant
Dagenham schoolchildren were given the stage at the British Library today to celebrate their reading achievements.
Dagenham schoolchildren were handed the stage at the British Library today to celebrate their reading achievements.
Year One pupils from Grafton Primary have been taking part in UCL’s Institute of Education programme, Reading Recovery, aimed at getting struggling readers up to speed.
Today’s Read Aloud event saw the six and seven-year-olds reading to an audience from their favourite books.
Janet Smith, UCL lecturer and national leader for the programme, said: “Reading is vital – it’s about unlocking doors.
You may also want to watch:
“If you can’t read it’s a lost opportunity, and if children are left behind it’s really hard to recover them.”
Reading Recovery uses specially trained teachers to improve literacy through a mixture of one-to-one reading and writing lessons.
- 1 School pupil among Indian Covid variant cases in Barking and Dagenham
- 2 Jailed: Dagenham car burglar after 100mph pursuit in Romford
- 3 Love Island promo filming in Barking 'a great opportunity' for college students
- 4 Barking Indian restaurant owner fined over waste disposal
- 5 Barking man charged with sexual assault during crackdown on violence against women
- 6 Indian variant of Covid-19 - what's the situation in London?
- 7 Dagenham restaurant excited to celebrate return of diners 'safely together'
- 8 Drivers escape injury in Dagenham crash
- 9 Groomed girl speaks out after 'dangerous' Barking dealer who dealt Class A drugs in East End is jailed
- 10 Barking man appears in court charged with mother-of-two's murder
On average, pupils reach an age-appropriate level in 18 weeks.
“It’s a good time to catch them if you can intervene, at six you can recover them quite quickly,” Janet said.
“They go from not reading at all, and about 20 weeks later there’s a massive transformation.
“Our whole philosophy with the hardest to teach children is to have a specialist – if you have a heart problem you go to a heart specialist.
“They need someone who has had professional training so we give them these experienced teachers.”
Schools have to opt in to the scheme themselves, which predominantly works with disadvantaged pupils. Almost half of Reading Recovery’s students come from disadvantaged backgrounds, compared to the 14 pc of pupils nationally who are eligible for free school meals.
“These children have grown up hard, they don’t feel like they’re readers,” Janet said.
“But once they learn to read, the children grow.
“Their helds are held high and they walk around with confidence, it’s a bit of a turning point.”
This was the fourth Read Aloud series. As well as the readings, the children were given a tour of the library and a showing of the Klencke Atlas, which was made in the 17th century.
Today’s reading kicked off a month-long series, which will end with an event on World Book Day on March 1.