Dear Parents and Pupils,

I have had a number of comments about the difficulty of the initial assessment for our new Reading Plus programme. I thought I would contact you all just to explain a few things.
Ideally we’d be taking the initial assessment in school, and would be able to reassure the children and encourage them to persevere with the reading test. However, as that is not possible under current conditions, we must manage as best we can.
Reading Plus tailors itself to match exactly a pupils’ individual needs. This means that it must carry out quite a thorough initial assessment in order to ascertain exactly what pupils can and can’t do. The initial assessment is designed to take pupils very quickly to the level of work with which they struggle, and test them at that level, on all the different aspects of reading comprehension. It also tests reading speed and focus, in order to set the time given for pupils to read the texts at an appropriate level. It needs to test this quite a bit in order to be accurate.
Pupils will find the initial assessment quite challenging. Parents, please don’t be tempted to give them help with it though. If you do that it will get harder and harder until it begins to test your level of reading comprehension…
Once this initial assessment is complete, the programme becomes quite enjoyable. Pupils should be matched with a choice of reading material which suits their ability level exactly. The reading lessons will require no parental input, and will continue to tailor themselves to the needs of the individual.
If a pupil has asked their parents for help with the initial assessment, or had some lucky guesses with the test questions, it may be that the books and exercises they have been allocated are too difficult. Give the programme a try for a few sessions, but if this is the case, then please  get in touch and I’ll ask Reading Plus if they can adjust the level of material. Alternatively you may like to contact the support team on the following link: https://www.readingplus.com/customer-support/parents-and-students/
We have heard positive feedback from many schools in our area, and I’m hopeful that Reading Plus will be able to give our pupils some of the support with reading comprehension and vocabulary teaching that they are currently missing.
The recommended time to be spent on Reading (not vocabulary or visual skills) activities is at least 3 x 30 minute slots per week. I would be interested to hear your feedback after trialling this programme for a couple of weeks.
Many thanks for your continued support at home.
Mrs N. Squares
Literacy Coordinator
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Reading Plus – Online Reading
We are excited to announce that KS2 have all been signed up to trial an online reading programme called Reading Plus. Details of how to log your child on to the programme will be sent out by your child’s teacher, but please also find attached the parent letter from Reading Plus which explains the process.
Reading Plus is an online reading comprehension programme that tailors to suit the individual needs of each pupil. Once logged in, pupils will complete an assessment which places them at an appropriate reading level, and will set them targets for improvement based on their results. For this reason we would ask that pupils be left to complete tasks independently once they are logged in.
For more information and for a helpful, pupil friendly introductory video, please see the following link:
(Please note – if you have the same first name and initial as another pupil in KS2, you will need to wait for your teacher to tell you your username.)
Once signed up, you can enter the programme as often as you like. We will aim to complete reading activities at least three times a week.
Once we are up and running, I would welcome feedback.
Kind regards
Mrs N. Squares
(Literacy Lead)
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A parent letter with further information is available below: