We have always believed story books are the most powerful and effective tool to build up students’ reading proficiencies. While we understand the importance of fostering stronger English skills, it is the ability to adapt, and transfer gained knowledge through reading that is the most crucial and sustainable means necessary for providing a better future for children from underserved families.
We started our first English reading programme with Lok Sin Tong Primary School in May 2014. Since then, we have successfully completed:
- A 4-year English programme with Yaumati Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road) between 2015 – 2019
- A 3-year English Programme with Tai Kwok Tsui Catholic Primary School between 2015 – 2018
|Yaumati Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road)||Tai Kok Tsui Catholic Primary School||Kowloon City Lok Sin Tong Primary School|
|Duration of programme||3.5 years||4.5 years||3 years|
|Hours of classes delivered||180 hours||268 hours||106 hours|
|Number of students taught||3,000 students||2,700 students||360 students|
|Grades covered||Primary 1 - Primary 6||Primary 1 - Primary 4||Primary 1 - Primary 4|
|Teachers' trainings provided||20 hours||20 hours||-|
|Number of teachers trained||25||23||0|
|Impact achieved||Average of 31.56% increase in Story Seeds' administered skills test score, as well as an improvement in English skills across all sampled grades (P.1-P.3).||Average of 39.46% increase in Story Seeds' administered skills test score.||Students' passing rate in the REACH assessment rocketed from 9% to 90%.|
A sample of 492 students were collected at the end of our year-long programme with Yaumati Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road) in 2019.
We saw an average of 31.56% increase in skills test score, as well as an improvement in English skills across all sampled grades (P.1-P.3). All grades showed an improvement in average scores post-programme.
Similar assessments were also conducted with Tai Kwok Tsui Catholic Primary School.
We saw an average of 39.46% increase in skills test score. Prior to the programme, average test score was 15.18 (out of 25). After the programme, there was an evident increase, with an average test score 21.17 (out of 25).
The results were corroborated with each component in the test (Vocabulary, Reading, Comprehension, Language, Grammar and Writing) where we saw notable improvements in all areas.