This project aims to improve children’s reading levels, particularly their comprehension skills, help parents better support their child’s reading and improve parental engagement at KS2.
The programme is for Year 3, 4 or 5 children and their families. They work together (usually over 3 – 5 weeks) on an exciting challenge to solve a mystery, developing their comprehension, inference and questioning skills. The project starts and ends with workshops for the children and their families.
Highly successful project which has motivated children and parents to get more involved in reading and developed children’s comprehension skills.
The ½ day training session enables staff to try out the project for themselves and see if they can solve the robbery . It includes looking at how to recruit families, introduce the project, run the workshops, and evaluate the work. It discusses different ways the project has been run and gives participants time to plan how they will implement the project.
Target audience: Year 3, 4, or 5 teachers; SENCos; teaching assistants.
It has definitely improved children’s comprehension skills, and increased the amount parents are helping with reading.
Birchfields Primary School
The best thing was seeing the parents and children reading and solving problems together. It was a great hook for the boys!
Medlock Primary School
It was great and involved 50 out of 60 year 4 families.
Lily Lane Primary School
Family Detective Project
We had parents who have never really engaged with the school, and this got them involved.
Cheetwood Primary School
The parental engagement has been absolutely wonderful.
Pikes Lane Primary School
Resource pack includes:
- 8 assignments
- a parents’ guide to the project
- supporting resources such as letters, invitations, evaluation forms, label templates and a checklist
- teachers’ notes on how to deliver the project successfully, with practical examples from schools
- optional reading challenge to keep up momentum
- CD-ROM with the resources so that the project can be repeated