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Class readers for KS3 students working at KS1 level.

Discussion in 'English' started by HNORTH, Jan 17, 2019.


    HNORTH New commenter


    I was wondering if anyone had any advice, suggestions or recommendations regarding class readers to use with KS3 classes who are working at a KS1 level?
    In fact, if anyone has any advice for any English SOW, units, resources, texts (readers and/or textbooks) or even staff CPD training providers specialising in this area (teaching students who are extremely low ability) please do let me know.
    Like most teachers, I have, of course, taught classes with students who are low ability (for example, classes in which there were a handful of students who failed to reach level 3 in the old year 9 SATs) my current situation is different because of the quantity of students and just how low ability they all are. I have two full KS3 classes in which every student, without exception, is working at KS1 or below (these students would be facing intervention if they were in year 3 or even year 2). I am looking for anything which is ability appropriate, and ideally, which is, also, age appropriate - or even would be age appropriate for KS2, rather than KS1, students.

    Can anyone help?
    Thank you so much in advance.
  2. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    I feel your pain. I was actually coming on here to post myself for EAL students in Year 8. Have you considered looking through those ESL / ESOL / EFL / EAL / EAP resources for ideas? You might find something that's not too childish but at a decent level. It's all language after all... For example, Oxford, Macmillan, Cambridge and Penguin all have levelled readers with modern as well as classic titles.
    Apart from that, a few publishers do hi-lo readers (high interest-low reading level) and you could build a unit around a text.
    How big are the classes?
  3. CloudsTES

    CloudsTES New commenter

    Hi there
    Barrington Stoke produces books which are targeted at students of a particular age, but with a lower (even much lower) reading age. I'm not sure whether you're familiar with the company? Might be worth a look?
    never_expect_anything likes this.
  4. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    Also look at some books published by Rising Stars and Badger Learning. Depends on your school's context (pupil backgrounds etc), but I've known the Survival series by Rising Stars (e.g. Runaway by Pete Guppy) go down well with Y9s working at KS2 level, but might be too mature content if your KS3s are Y7 or Y8.
  5. roamingteacher

    roamingteacher Established commenter Forum guide

    Thanks for the Barrington Stoke option - found some for my EAL learners too! At the moment they have a 10-set pack or 25GBP - great value and free postage to a UK school.

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