Our programmes run before school as follows:
- The programme starts at 7.45am onwards. This is because we have found after-school sessions not to be as effective, probably due to children being tired after a school day;
- We use a programme called ‘ARROW’, a multi-sensory programme where children use their own voice. Research has suggested that this helps them learn more effectively;
- ARROW is an acronym for;
o Aural – Child listens to a spoken text on headphones
o Read – Child reads the text of the spoken material
o Respond – Child responds to appropriate questions
o Oral – Child repeats the spoken word
o Write – Child writes what is heard from the self-voice recording and marks their own work.
- Children then have their own bespoke programme to work through independently on a laptop with headphones;
- We have three ARROW trained Learning Support Assistants who assess each child’s reading and spelling age, which is regularly monitored by the SENCo;
- We have five children in each group all on their own programme, having ten hours support to improve their reading and spelling skills;
- We have found years 3 & 4 are the best age to start the programme as their computer skills are better than younger children;
- This strategy has worked particularly well for EAL, ASD, Dyslexia and poor working memories.