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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Additional Support in Reading

Lightning Squad 

Tutoring with the Lightning Squad - (developed by the Fischer Family Trust and Success for All) - is a reading tutoring programme where pupils work with a tutor in two cooperative pairs, taking turns as ‘Reader’ and ‘Coach’.

The tutoring is a blended approach with in-person tutoring supported by an online tutoring platform. Tutoring activities are designed to improve reading skills, fluency, comprehension, spelling and phonics. Pupils work through 65 specially written, engaging and illustrated stories.

Most pupils spend 12 weeks working on the tutoring programme to catch-up their reading skills, with at least four 30-minute tutoring sessions each week in school

Research has demonstrated that pupils using Tutoring with the Lightning Squad make learning gains of between 3 and 5 months in reading attainment.

At St Peter's Tutoring with the Lightning Squad will run with groups of children in Year 2, 3 & 4 in the Autumn Term. 

FFT Tutoring with the Lightning Squad - FFT




Lexia is a web-based reading program that provides the targeted reading practice and instruction. Children develop reading skills, comprehension and vocabulary with 18 levels of engaging activities that will take them on an adventure around the world.

The activities adapt based on each child’s individual performance. If a child is struggling with a particular skill, the program automatically provides more support on that specific task. Because explicit instruction is only provided when needed, the program allows each child to progress at their own pace.

As they master skills, reward animations occur and certificates are available to celebrate success. There are also pen and paper practice worksheets available through your teacher to help reinforce the computer lessons.

At St Peter's we use Lexia with Y5&6 in the Autumn Term and will roll it out to other year groups across the year. 

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