Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

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Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by James Curran » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:13 pm

Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead in the classroom

http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/researc ... urvey_2016

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Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by chew8 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:52 pm

Thanks for the link, Jim. I had seen something about this survey, but your link give more info. about dates and statistics:

'While enjoyment levels had been rather stable between 2005 and 2012, they have been rising steadily since 2013, and in 2016 we recorded the highest percentage of reading enjoyment levels. Levels in 2016 were 14% higher than they were in 2005.'

'Nearly twice as many children aged 8 to 11 than those aged 14 to 16 said that they enjoy reading (77.6% vs. 43.8%).'

So enjoyment levels have increased rather than declined since various government phonics initiatives have been introduced. Children who were aged 8-11 in 2016 would all have done the phonics check in Year 1 - 77.6 of them said they enjoyed reading.

None of this is any surprise to us, but it may surprise the people who have been predicting that the phonics initiatives will make children less inclined to read for pleasure.

Jenny C.

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Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by James Curran » Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:12 am

Thanks Jenny for your analysis of these figures, very heartening.

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Post by Elizabeth » Thu Jun 15, 2017 4:50 pm

Here's another quote from (http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/78 ... ecord_high, 1st June 2017)):
Children’s reading enjoyment levels reach record high

New research we have published today reveals that three-quarters (78%) of primary school children enjoy reading – the highest levels we have ever recorded.
As Jenny writes, this is not a surprise. The teaching of phonics in England has improved over the past six years.

We all know that children who struggle to read words don't like reading. If we teach children to read words through a rigorous and systematic phonics programme and give lots of help to those who find it difficult, they will learn to read words easily. In addition, if they have enthusiastic teachers who introduce them to super literature, it is highly likely they will love reading.

Maybe if phonics teaching continues to improve, we'll find that 99% of children enjoy reading.
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Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by chew8 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:02 am

There's always an exception to complicate things! Yesterday I gave the BAS word-reading test (original version) to a Y1 boy whom I regard as a very good reader. Sure enough, his reading age came out at 9 years 7 months, and this was probably an under-estimate as he was called away to go swimming when he hadn't quite completed the test. I had asked him earlier what he read at home and he had said that he didn't really read much at hoe as he didn't particularly like reading!

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Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by Elizabeth » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:29 am

There are undoubtedly good readers who don't much like reading, but I have never met a poor reader who loves reading.
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Post by SLloyd » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:52 pm

It is good to see this encouraging news. Naturally the children who cannot read easily are not going to read for pleasure. It looks like the phonic check has started to make a big difference. If teachers could just stop expecting children to read non-decodable books, in the early stages of learning to read, then there would be another strong rise in the number of children reading for pleasure.
Thank you, Jenny, for bringing this to our attention.
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Re: Children who enjoy reading over three years ahead

Post by Debbie Hepplewhite » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:33 am

This issue about children being provided with books to read 'independently' that they cannot, in effect, read - without resorting to lots of word-guessing, has been addressed over and again by the Reading Reform Foundation for many years.

We now have a blog post about this issue - and printable leaflets describing the situation along with references - some teachers and parents might find this very helpful to present to the managers of 'mixed methods' or 'whole language' schools, please see here:

http://rrf.org.uk/2017/03/28/an-alterna ... r-readers/

The blog post (link above) also includes a printable leaflet produced by the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction. This is indeed an international issue because many countries choose to teach English as an additional language - and of course we have many children in English-speaking countries for whom English is a new or additional language.

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