Fresh Start teaches older struggling readers to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. It is rooted in phonics and uses age-appropriate decodable texts.
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Fresh Start Mini Blended Package - for schools with a small number of struggling readers in years 5, 6, 7 and 8
9+ year-old pupils
20 to 25 minutes a day
Taught by tutors - teachers or TAs
Individuals or small groups of students taught at the same challenge point
The EEF reported that Fresh Start shows ‘considerable promise as an effective catch-up intervention for low-attaining readers at the transition phase from primary to secondary school.’
Pupils on Read Write Inc. Fresh Start made 3 months additional progress in reading, measured using the New Group Reading Test, during the five and a half month trial.
Day 1 content:
- Speed Sounds Set 1, 2 and 3
- Word reading and spelling
Timings: 9am to 3.30pm
Day 2 content:
- Module Reading activities – activities to build accuracy, speed and comprehension
- Module Writing activities – spelling words and using punctuation correctly
- Fresh Start timetables
Timings: 9am to 3.30pm
Fresh Start is a rapid catch up programme for:
Fresh Start uses the same teaching and learning principles as Read Write Inc. Phonics and includes many of the same activities. The Modules, matched decodable texts, are age appropriate to capture the interest of older students. We aim to get students reading accurately and fluently as quickly as possible so they can soon participate in all other school learning.
Yes, we have many schools where children with SEN are taught to read with Fresh Start. SEN students with significant delay will benefit from being taught one-to-one by a teacher or teaching assistant. Some students might be better placed on Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Yes, EAL students new to English make speedy progress and should be taught alongside other students. Always group EAL students according to their phonic progress. They are not held back in the programme because they are new to English.
You will need 20 to 25 minutes a day, 5 days per week, per student or small group.
These short catch up sessions mean you can implement Fresh Start straight away without needing to re-organise the school timetable.
Students are assessed and grouped every half term by incremental phonic stages.
Students who are tutored individually make the speediest progress because you can target the tutoring specifically at their challenge point.
If this is not possible, teach students at the same challenge point in small groups (4 students or fewer).
Students who are reading the same Module can be taught in groups at the later stages of the programme.
All students in Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 who are below National Curriculum expectations for reading are assessed using our Entry Assessment. Students are placed in reading groups and reassessed and regrouped every 6-8 weeks.
Note: students are grouped by their word reading and fluency – not by comprehension or writing, or by their age.
Some schools also choose to use a commercial reading age test before and after Fresh Start teaching to measure the impact on their reading age.
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