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Essex Year of Reading January - December 2024
The Essex Year of Reading launched in 2022, aiming to ensure every child in Essex can read well and fulfil their potential. The campaign addressed the impact Covid-19 had on young people’s education.

At Clarity, many of our pupils find speech and language tricky and have challenges with social communication. This can impact language comprehension, in turn, making it difficult to comprehend what is read, especially when needing to infer and deduce information from written texts. 

Our English Curriculum Lead, Mrs Yasruddin, has placed a special focus on reading comprehension strategies within her lessons last year (January - December 2023) and with resounding success! Many of our pupils with these difficulties have increased their reading comprehension ages by as much as 3 years in one chronological year! (GL Assessments.)

We have decided to continue the good work in this focus area again this year, from January - December 2024 to see what we can build on top of last year's foundation.  
Clarity’s aims:
We will:
  • Make reading fun
  • Make reading engaging
  • Make reading have value in every-day life
How we will do it:
  1. Improve fluency (if you are a fluent reader it feels easier): every-day reading practice, not just texts but key words and parts of words they struggle with. We also have our two in-house Dyslexia Specialist teachers to develop phonological awareness and fluency where needed.
  2. Improve reading materials – Kindles to inspire children to read on screen and motivate reading practise, wide range of stock of books using libraries and library topic boxes, e-books on active learn, non-fiction quality materials to captivate interest in their areas of interest. 
  3. Improve comprehension – particularly inference and deduction skills (a known difficulty with autism)
  4. Events for school community / in school community: real life fun events involving reading materials, author’s visits, events for parents / peers across the school, visiting the library, challenges to do relating to reading.
  5. Games and activities: Short reading challenges daily; breakfast, breaks, lunch times, transition times. Fun reading challenges / activities for whole afternoons? E.g. quests they write for peers to read / solve, or quests to solve in teams / problems for them to solve that involve reading. Activities to promote deep investigation of the texts (plot and subplot) as games. 
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