Pupils take part in special reading programme

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CHILDREN in Gosport who struggle with their reading took part in a special programme at their school.

Youngsters at St John’s CoE Primary, Holbrook Primary, Woodcot Primary, Brockhurst Infants and Peel Common Infants all have a specially trained reading recovery teacher, who helps children with serious reading difficulties catch up with their classmates.

Children have been demonstrating the new skills they have learnt by reading aloud.

Mandy Hoang is the reading recovery teacher at St John’s School.

She said: ‘To raise awareness of the Reading Recovery Programme and a celebration of the importance of literacy skills, we have been taking part in the National campaign READ ALOUD this week. Staff said, what a pleasure it had been to listen to them read with such confidence.

‘When the children were asked how they felt about their new reading skills, the response was happy, excited and proud. The aim has been to increase awareness of children who struggle to read and to ensure they get the attention they need.’

Read Aloud Week has been organised by University College London and the Institute of Education Reading Recovery Centre.

The Read Aloud campaign will be an annual event, and Reading Recovery Teachers will work to combat literacy difficulties while there is funding to do so.