The training provides professional development for the teaching of early literacy skills including concepts about print, directionality and one to one matching. Children learn to apply their phonic skills and start to build a bank of high frequency words in preparation for reading texts within pink and red book bands. Trainees learn how to promote success and independence using a structured teaching sequence and a new motivating text each session. The intervention is delivered four times a week for 20 minutes with a group of 4 - 6 children.
Schools new to the intervention will need to buy a set of resources at a cost of £200 per school (144 little books - 6 copies of 24 titles )
The programme can support children who are ready to read books at the pink book band. It can also support children new to English or as a Wave 3 intervention for children with additional needs in KS2.
Evaluations showed that after 6 weeks most children:
- made between 1 and 3 book levels progress
- doubled the number of High frequency words they could spell from 6 – 14; and read from 9 to 14.
- were able to retain their sentence for writing, re-read to work out the next word and leave finger spaces independently by the end of the programme
- managed to sustain their attention for longer and this transferred to child-initiated play
Reception/Y1 teachers and teaching assistants