An exploration of support for reading at key stage 2

Murray, Judy (2013) An exploration of support for reading at key stage 2. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this dissertation to is to explore reading at Key Stage 2. There appears to be an on-going concern from current government that not all children are reaching their age expected reading ability as they make the transition from primary to secondary school. This literature based research focuses on what it means to be a reader, reading as part of the primary curriculum and finally to the support for reading at key stage 2 that is available both within the educational setting and also through the public library and reading charities. A key finding is that one of the largest national reading agencies (Booktrust) appears to not be aiming any significant support to this age group (7–11year olds). Also, the increased use of ICT and digital media for reading; and its significant variance of use by young children between outside and inside the school setting was another key finding raising a concern that current government and subsequently educational settings are possibly setting up the next generation of children to fall behind our international peers if the use of ICT is not incorporated as a significant part of a child's education. The use of digital media especially when attempting to
    motivate boys to read is considered an area worth exploring further. Investigation of the Summer Reading Challenge identified that it does have a considerable impact on encouraging children to read for pleasure and also revealed that nearly fifty per cent of those taking part are boys thus questioning why it is that schools find boys reading ability falls behind that of girls. A newly introduced reading initiative in schools 'read for my school' reading competition was identified, however the measure of any impact on reading ability for KS2 children remains to
    be seen.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 15:19
    Last Modified: 16 Jul 2015 15:19
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17748

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