Not texts and questions. Strategies.
Learning to comprehend is not reading a text and answering questions. Evidence points to learning strategies to improve comprehension. Strategies like questioning and thinking ahead. In ReadingWise Comprehension we call strategies mega-skills. There are four mega-skills in the programme. Discussion is also important. Each session has space for discussion, where learners discuss the story and the skills. Here are the mega-skills:
We have developed a bright and engaging classroom poster to reinforce key comprehension strategies.
Grab your free comprehension skills poster
What will agent John Wong do? Narrative drives engagement.
Engagement is important. We've looked at what your learners are reading and have written a compelling story to hook them. This story is called The Red Stone of Calcutta. It creates a thread through the programme. Step-by-step, learners uncover new characters and new twists to the plot. They can't wait for the next session.
The Red Stone of Calcutta is presented online with rich audio support. Learners can listen to the story, recap passages, and pick out words and phrases. They can do this independently.
Watch the introduction below!
Who made ReadingWise Comprehension?
Judy Clark is at the heart of our team of 10. Judy is a consultant to the National Literacy Trust and Primary English Lecturer in the University of St John and St Mark. Judy knows her stuff, and while we've spent a year getting this right, Judy has spent decades deep in comprehension best practice.
How does the programme work?
We deliver an in-house*, 2-hour training session for your staff. Best to have your literacy coordinator and TAs there. An SLT member would be great too.
*Training can also be delivered effectively online if in-house training is not possible
Groups of 10
Struggling comprehenders work in groups of 10. There is 1 staff member (normally a TA) supervising.
There are 20 sessions. Each session is 45 minutes. We recommend 2 sessions per week minimum. So that's a 10 week programme.
Blend of independent work and group work
Learners work independently on computers (or iPads!) for 20 minutes. They practice the mega skills. They learn strategies.
Then the group comes together to discuss the new chapter. They may also discuss the mega-skills. This is an open discussion, our training prepares your staff for this. We like our learners to be really vocal, and the staff to be much quieter! We provide lesson plans for every session.
Who is ReadingWise Comprehension for?
- Schools interested in training their staff (in particular TAs) in effective comprehension
- Learners in Years 5, 6 and 7 who have been identified as struggling with comprehension
At what stage of development is the programme?
ReadingWise Comprehension is being trialled in several local authorities across the UK. Feedback to date has been fantastic. As someone with awareness of our mission we would like to offer you a special invitation to get on board! Be one of the first schools to use this exciting and groundbreaking programme.
I'm interested - what are the obligations?
To benefit from this early-bird offer you will need to:
- Book a 20 minute demo (delivered over the phone). If this goes well, then...
- Book a 2 hour training session for your staff
- Timetable 20 x 45minute sessions for a group of 10.
What is the cost for the early-bird deal?
£500 + VAT. The early-bird deal includes:
- 2-hour staff training in comprehension strategies
- Full access to the ReadingWise comprehension materials for 10 learners.
- Pre and post attitudinal survey for learners
- Learner and staff certificates
- Classroom posters to anchor the mega-skills in your school
- Option on 50% discount on future subscription to ReadingWise Comprehension
Total: £500 + VAT (Limited availability)
Sounds interesting. How do I sign up?
Please email us today to book your demo.
If you have any questions please call us on 01273 843 927 anytime.