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Reading Recovery

*Please note: we do not have a Reading Recovery programme running for this academic year.*

The Gingerbread Man ready by Kelcey Apps

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Kelcey has completed her Reading Recovery series of lessons. She delight us with fabulous reading. Look out for how she can monitor and self-correct quickly, and best of all listen to her story teller's voice!

Welcome to our Reading Recovery classroom page!smiley


My name is Mrs Marin and I am the Reading Recovery Teacher at Coley Primary School.  


Books open the door to imagination and for a time, you can become a hero, a princess, a detective or a monster.  What an opportunity to immerse yourself in a different world!  


At Coley Primary we are dedicated and committed to see every child in our school become a successful lifelong reader and consequently a writer. 


What is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for children in year one who are not catching up with the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible.

Pupils receive half-hour lessons each school day for a period of approximately 12 to 20 weeks with a especially trained Reading Recovery teacher. 

As soon as the students achieve the expected level of progress and demonstrate that they can work independently in the classroom, their lessons are discontinued and new students begin individual instruction. 



Lesson Structure

Each lesson gives children the opportunity to practice their reading and writing skills.  The teacher enables children to succeed by using their prior knowledge of reading and writing, and building on further strategies and skills throughout the lesson series. 


During a lesson, pupils will be able to:


  1. Read a familiar book.  This is a book the child knows well.  It is designed to start the lesson positively and successfully.
  2. Read yesterday's new book.  This is a book they have only read once. The teacher takes a Running Record which informs her teaching based on what the child can do, nearly do, and cannot do independently. 
  3. Working with letters and words using magnetic letters and other resources. 
  4. Composing and writing a short story.
  5. Assembling a cut-up story.
  6. Reading a new book. The teacher introduces a new story to the child. They engage in conversations about the meaning of the story which helps children acquire comprehension skills and solve problems through making sense of the story. Then, the child reads the book.


It is an immense joy to see children who were finding it an incredible challenge to read develop into skilled readers with a love for books. 


How can parents help?

If your child is receiving reading recovery lessons, your cooperation is invaluable.  Your child will be bringing home a new familiar book to read to you and the cut-up sentence to re-assemble every day.

Please read with your child and make the cut up sentence every day.  If your child cannot read a word, direct them to look at the picture or think about the story to predict what that word could be. 


Your child benefits enormously from your help and you are incredibly important in being a contributor towards their progress and achievement.  


Please check out our image gallery where you can see our classroom and some of the work the children have been producing.  


Thank you for your support. 


Mrs Marin