Inspection Report 1–2 February 2017
"Those pupils who are behind in reading attend skilfully taught reading support sessions known as ‘Lexicology’. These sessions elicit high levels of pupil engagement and result in impressive learning."
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The test - teach - test format is necessary to compile data on the success of the 'Lexicology for Reading,' courses.
Quizlet is a fun way for learners to be tested online. Schools/Colleges will be allocated a unique access code to the free quiz designed for their learners. Paper copies can be provided and marked at an additional cost. Quizlet is presently used for quantitative testing.
Reading Comprehension Tests: WRAT CAT Salford etc. Schools/Colleges are encouraged to share their pre/post course data if they have also conducted other well known reading comprehension tests. Such tests are not obligatory in order to keep costs down nevertheless other schools will be interested in your data to evidence their decision making so please share and submit on your Pupil Premium Statement.
Lexicology for Reading 'Top Fifty Challenge' is a ten minute challenge that can be administered, by schools and colleges, pre and post course to monitor progress in understanding and application of the top 50/57 Affixes referred to in the KS1 & KS2 National Curriculum. This test may also be used to ascertain which students would benefit most from attending an intervention programme. The Top Fifty Challenge is used to assess Yr 7 students prior to a catch up programme as Lexicology is an effective use of Yr 7 Literacy Catch Up Premium funding.
Lexicology for Reading 'Top One Hundred Challenge,' is the top one hundred affixes considered most useful at KS3 - KS5 following the 'Top Fifty Challenge.' This challenge is available as an alternative or additional form of testing - this test can be administered by schools / colleges so that students can be selected for intervention programmes that best meet their needs. This will also help to place students in appropriate study groups amongst peers with similar levels of understanding rather than similar reading ages alone. The Top One Hundred Challenge is a ten minute challenge to monitor progress in understanding and application of the LfR top one hundred affixes. This is what makes LfR unique - it is not just monitoring reading ages but developing the meaning of vocabulary through affixes and creating Lifelong Learners with the tools to self educate in the future. Although this is quantitative testing you will need to run several courses in order to compare your data and form comparisons to create future projected expectations from your students. The Top One Hundred Challenge provides easily accessible data for Pupil Premium funding records.
We track progress every session and adjust the programme accordingly:
Where Quizlet is used as a lesson starter it gives immediate feedback to students.
Working in groups of up to four immediate feedback is given orally throughout the sessions.
Spelling exercises are self marked as spellings are a means to an end and the main purpose of spellings is to then state the meanings of the affixes spelt - these are peer assessed, giving immediate feedback and corrections.
All students receive a certificate at the end of their eight week course. Their results and a comment will be recorded on the back of their certificate.
You will be kept informed on a sessional basis via the attendance registers (left at reception for you) to ensure that you are aware of any absence. Additional comments will be added only when necessary.
At the end of an Intervention Programme you will receive a course evaluation and a short report on each student.
"I've just had a lightbulb moment," is the most commonly used phrase by both Students and Staff.
"This is my favourite lesson. Why does it have to stop?" Yr 6 Dover.
"I Know I did well in my Engineering Test because 'therm' means heat, doesn't it?" Yr 10 Dartford.
"Can I try with the stop watch again? I know I can get more right this time. I forgot the silent letters." Yr 4 Sandgate.
"The most rewarding aspect is that you know more - than you know, you know. Once you're challenged and discover the meanings of affixes you can apply it across the curriculum. I had no idea that I knew that 'meta,' means change." Teacher, TES SEN Trade Show.
"Those pupils who are behind in reading attend skilfully taught reading support sessions known as ‘Lexicology’. These sessions elicit high levels of pupil engagement and result in impressive learning." Ofsted Report February 2017
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