The Catch Up Programme
What is Catch Up?
Catch Up is a Literacy Intervention Programme, for struggling readers in years 2-9.
Profile of a Struggling Reader
- Poorly developed cueing strategies
- Over-reliance on illustrations to cue words, resulting in guesses which are not supported by the written word.
- Lack of concern if they produce a nonsense word when decoding.
- A tendency to snatch at any we “have”.
- A hesitant robotic reading style, which inhibits the reader from attending to the meaning.
- Punctuation is frequently ignored.
The Four Stages of the Catch Up Programme
- Diagnostic Assessments
- Selecting the appropriate book for the pupil to read.
- Two weekly 15 minute teaching sessions.
- Monitoring and assessment of progress
- Reading interview
- Sight word knowledge
- Phonological knowledge
- Letter name knowledge
- Letter formation knowledge
- Spelling knowledge
Individual Teaching Session
- 3 minutes – prepared reading
- 6 minutes – pupil reads
- Teacher / Teaching assistant observes, praises specifics,
prompts, discusses text and records miscues.
- 6 minutes – linked writing activity