Learning to read is ‘no yolk’. There’s a lot to crack and it can get messy. The egg analogy is a good one because just as there are lots of ways to cook an egg, there are lots of ways to approach teaching students how to read.
Reading Eggs is a finely tuned site intended for children from 3-13 years, built around the five essential keys to reading success: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Reading Eggs is for children aged 4-7, while Reading Eggspress is for students aged 7-13, with a focus on comprehension gym work and timed challenges. The aim is to teach children how to read, or build on existing skills to become fluent, proficient and expert readers.
Children complete animated online lessons that are packed with stacks of activities and a well-stocked library with over 2000 levelled ebooks. To get started they take a placement test that plugs them into the most suitable part of Reading Eggs.
From there, they follow their own journey via ‘My program’, a dynamic learning pathway. Pupils follow particular lessons, focusing on certain books and suggested spelling and comprehension activities through ‘Driving Tests’ and ‘Storylands’.
Rewards feature heavily within the programme. Children can earn golden eggs as they progress that can be used to buy games and items for their own avatar or house. They also earn a personalised certificate at the end of each map. After completing ten lessons, children are given a quiz that produces a report of their learning.
Managing Reading Eggs on a day-to-day basis is easy via the teacher administration area which helps you co-ordinate the programme and support children. It’s a rich area full of useful functions and will feed into your teaching, learning and assessment plans with plenty of insight, including a teacher guide to help you manage your class.
You will also find invaluable support with student reports and can preview lessons, download supplementary resources, manage lessons and tests, as well as view pupil stats in either a brief summary format or as a more detailed report.
Beyond these functions, there are also fantastic year-by-year teaching resources such as posters, PowerPoint lessons, interactives, textbooks, teacher notes, pupil worksheets, book notes and 320 ‘big books’ to use on your interactive whiteboard. It’s a colossal collection of helpful resources and provides you with an enormous bank to withdraw from to boost reading skills.
In-house support is superb and includes must-see video guides and webinars.
✔ Contains thousands of resources
✔ Fun, interactive and challenging
✔ Helps inform planning
✔ Built-in rewards keep children motivated
✔ Scientifically proven
✔ Links home and school literacy seamlessly
You are looking to supplement your reading provision and develop a truly individual reading programme.
A one-year subscription costs from £5 per pupil (whole-school rate). Find out more at 3plearning.com.
Reviewed by John Dabell