Whitnash Primary School uses Precision Teaching to help children who are having some difficulty in the area of word reading, spelling and acquiring number facts.
Precision Teaching is a teaching method used to accelerate progress in word reading and spelling skills although it is also used to increase children’s proficiency in number facts.
Precision Teaching is very effective for children struggling to acquire automatic skills in learning letter sounds, recognising whole words and spelling. The principles of Precision Teaching match the good teaching principles recommended in Sir Jim Rose’s report of June 2009, Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties.
In Precision Teaching, the child’s daily performance is recorded and this process is known to increase motivation.
This is a simple but intense teaching method aimed at helping a child to embed facts such as letter sounds, single word reading, times tables etc. The method aims to enable a child to recall the targeted facts in order to be able to apply it independently in class.
Because it allows high repetition of the facts to be learnt, it is effective at accelerating progress in word reading, for example, if the following basic principles are followed:
Specifically targeted facts to learn e.g. secure recognition of 10 high frequency words or spell 5 topic words;
Daily 1-1 teaching session for no more that 15 minutes per session;
Deliver the teaching in the ‘flash card’ method;
Daily assessment recorded in scores for the child to compete against;
Programme delivered over fixed period of time, e.g. 8 weeks and repeated/extended as necessary.