Sophie's Story

 
Sophie began in the Literacy Centre when she was twelve, and was assessed as reading at seven to eight years.
 

When you first started this reading intervention, you had a reading age of eight. What was it like in class for you when you had trouble reading?

It was quite difficult… I was struggling.

What kinds of things did you do in class when teachers presented you with reading material that was hard?

I didn’t want to do it. I would just refuse. I used to be a bit lazy to be honest.

What did you think when you were first told that you would be coming to the Literacy Centre?

I was quite shocked… but when I came here, it started getting better.

In what ways did it start getting better?

My reading, my accuracy. I became faster. I feel more confident now and I can work things out for myself more.

When you were in class, what kinds of things were you able to use that you had learned in the Literacy Centre?

Breaking up the word.  Sounding out. Taking my time. Reading ahead and coming back.

 


“I feel more confident now and I can work things out for myself more.”

Sophie

 


“I found it fun… reading the books – and the lessons.”

Sophie

How did you find your lessons here compared to other lessons you had had to support your reading? Were they very different?

I found it fun… reading the books – and the lessons.

How did you find working with a timer to improve your fluency?

Good – fun.

So it didn’t feel too pressurised?

No, just fun.

Did you ever find it really difficult?

The first time I came here, yeah. But I got used to it quickly.

How have you found it coming out of your other lessons?

I didn’t mind it. It was just that I liked some of my other lessons, but I got used to it.

And going back into class after missing the first half hour?

It’s fine. I catch up easily.

You’re now on your final level. You’re thirteen years old. Can you remember what level you’re reading at on the graph?

Fourteen.

 

 

How do you finding reading in class now?

I find it easy. Sometimes I put my hand up to ask if I can read. I can read a lot of what teachers give me.

What advice would you give to other students who were about to start lessons in the Literacy Centre?

It will help you to read, and you will get faster.

Do you read for your own pleasure now?

Yes. I’m reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. My form tutor gave it to me to read.

How often do you read at home?

Sometimes every day, but sometimes I have homework so not all the time.

So has working here helped you with your homework?

Yes. Sometimes if I get a sentence wrong, I’ll correct it.

 


“It will help you to read, and you will get faster.”

Sophie

 

“Happy for me! When I tried reading when I was in Year 7, people would say ‘Hurry up, you’re taking too much time’. So now I’m happy that I can read faster.”

Sophie

Do you recognise more words than you used to?

Yes.

How does that make you feel?

Happy for me! When I tried reading when I was in Year 7, people would say ‘Hurry up, you’re taking too much time’. So now I’m happy that I can read faster.

How do you feel as someone about to graduate that you are able to read in class when you need to?

I feel happier, a lot more confident, because I can read more accurately and also read faster.

What about your understanding of what you read?

I find it difficult sometimes, but most of the time I get on with it.

We teach you new vocabulary. Do you use it afterwards?

At home and in lessons. In what I write.

Has Mum noticed a difference at home?

Yes, because I was so slow before. And I would take ages to work a word out. She says “Well done, I’m proud of you.”

Sophie continued working in the Literacy Centre to further improve her reading comprehension skills.