The Reach Reading Club Project
We believe 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 these children.
REACH started its pilot REACH Reading Club programme with Lok Sin Tong Primary School in May 2014.
Since then, REACH has 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
REACH adopted a two-pronged approach with our partnering schools:
We worked directly with schools to:
- formulate their English book lists, prepare curriculum and lesson-associated materials
- train teachers through various workshops.
Concurrently running is our student programme where we:
- held weekly grade-wide interactive storytelling sessions based on lesson readers
- trained proficient students to co-read with peers as our Reading Ambassador
REACH takes impact measurements very seriously as it enables us to continuously improve the quality of our programme.
We conduct both quantitative and qualitative measures throughout the year.
- Skill component (REACH designed): Offline/Online tests targeting grade specific reading skills. Scores taken for statistical analysis.
- Motivation component (Garfield Reading Attitude Survey): Offline/Online survey examining reading motivation across different scenarios.
*We also track their test/exam scores at schools.
- Regular feedback sessions with the English panel and teachers.
- Classroom observations and site visits.
- Questionnaires and open discussions with the principal and associated teachers / teams.
REACH sampled a total of 492 students in 2019 at the end of our year-long programme with Yaumati Catholic Primary School (Hoi Wang Road)
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.
REACH conducted similar assessment 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 now at 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.
The REACH Reading Club Curriculum
REACH is fully supported by Story Jungle Education Center, a for-profit education learning center specialising in providing English Reading and writing programmes to kindergarten, primary, and secondary school students since 2002.
The REACH Reading Club Curriculum is tailor-made based on students’ grades, abilities, and interests which consists of the following core components:
Phonics is the first step to being able to read. Students with a better and stronger phonics foundation are likely to have more courage to read aloud and develop interests in English.
- Creative Reading and Writing
The curriculum aims to give students a chance to unlearn and relearn reading and writing through the use of quality work from celebrated authors and top-notch children’s literature.
- Grammar Reading and Writing
The curriculum reinforces the skills learned from the Creative Reading and Writing classes and helps children better understand the correct grammatical structure in the English language. Our grammar curriculum is designed for students to learn and apply concepts into writing and everyday English usage.
REACH welcomes our partnering corporates to work with us on metrics and KPI for the programmes.