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How do we learn to read, and why is it important?

Thursday, May 18, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

This online course is designed to provide KS2 teachers and KS3 Intervention Teachers, with an awareness of how children learn to read, why this knowledge is important. This course will also address how we can accelerate achievement in reading through fluency instruction.

Ofsted have made it clear that:
  • Good readers do well, and poor readers do not
  • All pupils need to crack the phonic code as soon as possible
  • Reading failure begins early: it takes root quickly, and it affects a child’s life chances.

In September 2022, Amanda Spielman stated that around a quarter of all year 7 pupils still have a reading age of below 11. She goes onto state that many of these children will have gaps in both fluency and phonic skills.

This is further compounded by research that states that: a key barrier to achieving universal literacy is that the alphabetic principle has not always been explicitly taught when children are learning to read.

This course will address three key areas that pupils need to master to become successful readers:

  1. Phonemic awareness
  2. Phonics
  3. Fluency

This webinar will provide teachers with an understanding of the alphabetical code and what this means for both the teaching of reading and spelling.

It will also address how reading fluency is the missing bridge between word reading and reading for meaning.

Training objectives
  • To know and understand how pupils learn to read
  • To know how to support reading fluency in the classroom.
Learning outcomes

As a result of attending these sessions participants will understand how to help struggling readers in KS2 and KS3.


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Event Details


Thursday, May 18, 2023


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm BST
Non-Member Price
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The Enterprise Centre
University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ United Kingdom

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