Think2Read is a UK not-for-profit organisation that is committed to helping teachers fulfil the reading comprehension, transferable thinking and co-operative learning potential of children of all abilities.
is comprehension and that skilled reading involves
understanding as well as decoding text. In short,
learning to read progresses to reading, effortlessly, to learn.’
Rose Review, 2006
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The Think2Read Programme offers a complete teaching resource that systematically helps you teach reading comprehension skills the reciprocal way from the early years upwards. Children learn progressive skills that show them how to question, find meaning for themselves and become enthusiastic readers with a passion for group enquiry.The programme has grown organically out of 10 years of research, school trials and evaluations by experts in the literacy field.
Founder Donna Thomson began researching into effective ways of developing early comprehension skills and child-led group enquiry in 2001.
The work was inspired by:
- Joanna Haynes & Karen Murris’s Philosophy for Children approach (‘Storywise’, Dialogue Works, 2000)
- Palicsar and Brown’s reciprocal reading framework (1986)
- Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences (1984)
- Parkin, Parkin and Poole’s meta-cognitive questioning techniques (‘Probe’ Triune, 1999).
During this period the programme has been funded and supported by Dartington Social Research Centre, Devon Education Services and RIO (Real Ideas Organisation) in association with British Arts Council’s Creative Partnerships 2008 – 2011 and is endorsed by the National Literacy Trust. The whole-school programmes are now available as online downloadable resources for primary and secondary schools on this website.
Donna’s first comprehension book (Quick Fix for Year 6 Comprehension, 2007 – ERA Finalist 2007) based on the Think2read approach, was written with Year 6 colleague Ruth Nixey for Key Stage 2 children and has became a best-selling resource.
The programme was developed further to include instruction for Key Stage 1 children in 2007. This led to ongoing success with the Scholastic ‘Literacy Skills Comprehension’ series in 2009, written with children’s author Elspeth Graham.
This was followed by the internationally successful ‘Nelson Comprehension’ series written with series editor John Jackman, authors Wendy Wren, Sarah Lindsay and Doug Dickinson.
The more recent ‘whole-school’ downloadable Story Talk, Reciprocal Team and Comprehension Skills programmes (2012) deliver the meta-cognitive and dialogic elements of the Think2Read approach more explicitly over 33 sessions (see ‘Story Talk’ ‘TEAM-building’ and ‘SPECtacular Reading Mission’ on this site for more details about the whole school digital programme modules and whiteboard lesson resources). The new ‘Story Talk’ 3 – 6 year olds school package (Early Years ERA Finalist, 2015) includes downloadable whiteboard teaching materials, print-out activities and interactive Bookmarks Kit with picture book for home and school use.
The following books based on Think2Read’s teaching methods have accumulated sales of over 70,000 copies:-
Quick Fix for Year Six – Comprehension by Donna Thomson & Ruth Nixey, Scholastic, 2007 (Shortlisted for the Education Resources Awards, 2007)
Literacy Skills – Comprehension Series Years 1 – 6 by Donna Thomson, Elspeth Graham, Scholastic, 2009
Nelson Comprehension series – Primary Years by Donna Thomson, Wendy Wren, Sarah Lindsay, Doug Dickinson & Series Editor: John Jackman
Nelson Thornes, Oxford University Press, 2009
Comprehension Workbook series Years 1 – 6 (Scholastic English Skills) by Donna Thomson, Scholastic, Jan. 2016
Comprehension Teacher Book Years 1 – 6 (Scholastic English Skills) by Donna Thomson & Elspeth Graham, Scholastic, Jan. 2016
early Think2Read Programme Development
Dr. Maureen Lewis’s report of visit to Year 5 & 6 class, Dartington Primary School on behalf of the National Literacy Strategy , March 11th, 2005.
Link to Maureen Lewis report: www.think2read.co.uk/reports/Maureen-Lewis-NLS-Report-Think2Read.pdf
In a follow-up to her article in issue 44 on the results of introducing a reading comprehension assessment from New Zealand into her primary school, Donna …
Link to Thinking to Read Literacy Today article:www.think2read.co.uk/reports/Thinking_to_read.pdf
BASELINE COMPREHENSION ASSESSMENT PILOT BLAENAU-GWENT LEA, WALES, 2007
KS1 – FOUNDATION/RECEPTION BASELINE ASSESSMENT
Think2Read Comprehension Picture Focus (Thinking Skills) Assessment(2007)
Assessing Personal, Social, Emotional Development and Communication
Literacy & Language e.g: summarising, prediction, vocabulary skills – plus understanding of literal,inference, evaluation questions.
Key stage 1 &2
READING BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT
Think2Read Comprehension (Thinking Skills) Assessment, 2007
Measuring summarising, prediction, vocabulary and literal, inference, evaluation skills alongside decoding skills – PM Benchmark Accompanying PM BENCHMARK KIT 2 (for decoding assessment).
DEVELOPING EARLY COMPREHENSION SKILLS THROUGH COMMUNITIES OF ENQUIRY 2007 – 2008
A pilot study to investigate and evaluate the teaching of literal and inferential comprehension to children in Primary Year 2 supported and funded by Devon Educational Services.
Team Members: Donna Thomson, Dr. Ros Fisher, Exeter University, Honiton Primary School, Newton Abbot Primary School, Devon.
Link to report: PDF document – Pilot Study
Creative Partnerships Change Schools Project – Dartington Primary School in partnership with Think2Read, September 2008 – 2011.Team Members: Donna Thomson, Project Lead teacher – Bea Gill, Joanna Haynes – P4C expert, Plymouth University, Head teacher Annie Tempest, Dartington Primary School
The RIO/Creative Partnerships Change Schools programme enabled Dartington Primary School in partnership with Think2Read to evaluate the impact of Donna Thomson’s explicit comprehension skills and transferable thinking programme. The programme supported the creative development of the whole school and encouraged child-initiated enquiry across the curriculum.
Link to whole school Think2Read pilot evaluation: http://www.think2read.co.uk/reports/dartn-project.pdf
SPECtacular Story Talk’ Pilot & study – primary schools October 2013 to Present
Team Members: Donna Thomson & Think2Read team – Bea Gill, Elspeth Graham, Katie Wood & Elise Sadler; Robert James, Head teacher of Coed-y-lan Primary School, S. Wales; Nichola Thorpe, Executive Head of Worsbrough Bank End Primary & Hunningley Primary, Barnsley.
Think2Read in partnership with primary schools to evaluate the impact of the ‘Story Talk’ programme on family reading for meaning, communication skills and shared enjoyment of books at home and in school in disadvantaged communities (Nursery, Reception and Year 1).
‘The involvement of parents in their child’s education is recognised as hugely beneficial: it promotes important two-way communication between the school and the family, fosters common aims and provides all-round support for the child.’
Link to NLT report, 24th March, 2014: http://www.think2read.co.uk/reports/NLT-blog-Story-Talk-in-action-Barnsley-Primary.pdf