Structured Reading Across the Academy
Structured Reading in Class Across the Academy
Structured reading activities take place in lessons where students read out loud. Whilst not all students initially warm to this, we are seeing student confidence improve and a keenness to read grow. Furthermore, the research is clear, “Reading out loud has significant cognitive benefits — even for experienced readers.” (The Science of learning 2018). These reading activities focus on developing students’ vocabulary, retrieval skills and develop students’ ability to infer and gain understanding from what they have read.
The Education Endowment Foundation conclude that this style of vocabulary enrichment and reading comprehension strategy can further improve student progress by at least 6 months. We are seeing the impact of this in the classroom as students use more sophisticated vocabulary in their writing and one teacher described Year 7 students as “engaging with poetry in a way we would previously see in year 10!”.
Examples of a range of reading activities you can expect to see in your child’s book are attached.