What is ECaR?

Every Child a Reader is a means of organising and managing a range of effective literacy interventions for children who are finding reading and writing a challenge in Key Stage 1. It is a school based programme that aims to ensure every child achieves success in literacy, through quality first teaching and targeted literacy support.  The purpose is to provide each child with the best opportunities for learning, so every child can become accomplished in their reading and writing.  Early identification of children who are struggling with literacy is key.

Reading Recovery is at the core of ECaR and provides daily intensive teaching for the very lowest attaining children and professional support for colleagues. Reading Recovery is an individualised programme for children aged 5 or 6.  These children are struggling to read and write, despite having been at primary school and received quality first teaching for at least one year. Each child receives one-to-one teaching for 30 minutes, every day for up to 20 weeks, moving their literacy levels in line with age-related expectations of their peers. The programme is different for every child, starting from what the child knows, and what he or she needs to learn next.

To compliment Reading Recovery, teaching partners at Wallscourt Farm are trained in Boosting Reading @ Primary, a lighter intervention providing children with extra reading support. Wallscourt Farm Academy is lucky enough to work with UWE, who send trained reading buddies to provide targeted weekly support for other children in Key Stage 1.

Would you like to contribute to ECaR at Wallscourt Farm Academy? Parent (or grandparent) volunteers could receive training in Boosting Reading @ Primary, and support our community of learners.

What can Wallscourt Farm Academy offer your child?

At Wallscourt Farm Academy, children have the opportunity to read each week with their class teacher, or teaching partner, and are guided in reading in Book Club. The book corner and baskets of levelled reading books are freely available for children to enjoy.  The teaching teams encourage children to read at home regularly, sharing their learning with parents, carers and families. Throughout the year there are other opportunities when reading is celebrated, and when children take part in specific events. These include Story Sessions, International Reading Day, Read Aloud in conjunction with Save the Children’s “Read on. Get on.” campaign to tackle illiteracy, and Bedtime Stories for World Book Day.