Eastbourne Primary School recognises the central importance of developing early literacy. Research shows that when children do not make expected progress in learning to read and write early on, catching up to their peers is very challenging. Ensuring that all children get the best start in developing early literacy is one of the goals of Eastbourne Primary School. To assist children to make this progress, Eastbourne Primary School utilises the evidence-based 'Reading Recovery' program to help students get the best start.
Developed in the 1970s by New Zealand educator Prof. Dame Marie Clay, Reading Recovery is a school-based, short term intervention designed to reduce the number of Year 1 students having difficulties learning to read and write. Students receive a series of individual, 30-minute Reading Recovery lessons daily from a specially trained teacher.
The goal of Reading Recovery is accelerated learning. Each student is expected to make faster-than-average progress so that he or she can catch up with other students in the class. Reading Recovery teachers base their instruction on carefully documented daily observations of what each student already knows about reading and writing. This means that accelerated leaning is within reach. Instruction begins from the student’s strengths thus the teacher doesn’t waste time teaching anything that is already known.
The remarkable progress made by students participating in Reading Recovery shows a high percentage of at-risk students can achieve success.
For more information about Reading Recovery, visit the Department Website.