Rising Stars Reading Planet

The exciting new reading programme for Reception and Key Stage 1 based on the latest literacy research in the UK

Rising Stars Reading Planet is underpinned by the latest evidence-based research into literacy development from Coventry University.

Using the findings of the research Rising Stars Reading Planet has been developed to:

  • help children become reading-ready
  • embed phonics and deepen comprehension
  • get kids hooked on reading

How is Rising Stars Reading Planet Structured?

Reading Planet is made up of four strands to make sure you have a fantastic variety and choice of books at every standard book band level. 

A unique lilac band of wordless books to develop the essential early language skills necessary for reading readiness.

Fully decodable phonics books give children the opportunity to practise their emerging reading skills.

Exciting stories featuring a cast of fun and feisty characters that children love to go on adventures with.

A wonderful collection of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays to capture the interest of every child.

The Research

Coventry University's research has shown that speech rhythm sensitivity is fundamental to children’s reading development. But what is it? Why is it so important?

Speech rhythm sensitivity is the ability to perceive aspects of spoken English, such as stress, intonation and timing, as well as the natural rhythm of language. Children who struggle with reading frequently lack this sensitivity, but research has shown it can be trained and enhanced with simple activities so that all children can become confident readers.

Prof. Clare Wood, Prof of Psychology in Education at Coventry University

“ We know that children’s sensitivity to rhythm, and to the rhythm of speech, is linked to their reading ability. What we are now seeing is evidence that not only is sensitivity to speech rhythm trainable in young children, but that such training benefits their early progress with word reading.”

Emily Harrison, PhD researcher Coventry University

The results were fantastic – in both the beginning readers, and the older struggling readers, the speech rhythm intervention resulted in significantly greater gains in reading […] This means that speech rhythm training is effective both at the beginning of reading tuition and once children have already received some formal training.” You can read more about Emily's research here.

Find out more from Clare and Emily in the video below:

Speech rhythm sensitivity and Reading Planet from Rising Stars on Vimeo.

You can find out more about Coventry University's research here.

For some examples of various speech rhythm activities see video below:

Reading Planet Speech Rhythm Activities from Rising Stars on Vimeo.





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