A competitive reading game and Jolly phonics worksheets on a daily basis with two Y3 children who could not read or recognise words or letters. Both children were reluctant to try and read their books as obviously below the level of the books of their peers. So using phase 2 and 3 words I invented a game where they had to sound out and read the words to me. If they got it right they got to keep the word, if they got it wrong I kept the word. Each word was repeated at least twice during the game. I ensured that there were always sounds they could recognise so that they could “easily” win against me.
They began to celebrate their success with the whole class and were beaming with pride that they were able to beat me. This gave them the confidence to read and within weeks because of the one to one intensive support and daily repetition they began to recognise and retain more and more words and were able to move to the next level phase words. I also did two or 3 Jolly Phonics worksheets with them a day taking phonics right back to the basics and starting from SATPIN.