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Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

Reading at Greater Depth – a NEW course with acclaimed facilitator Martin Galway

This NEW two session course provides Year 5 and 6 teachers with a range of tools to help extend and deepen the ways in which students respond to a range of reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. Colleagues will be supported to enhance their curriculum design and text selection in order to provide a rich reading offer that supports progress towards achievement of the higher standard in the end of KS2 reading assessments.

The course is grounded in research and classroom practice and will cover the essential knowledge and skills that underpin successful comprehension of texts both during and after the act of reading. Practical activities and demonstrations will illustrate how to use whole-class, group, and individual approaches during reading sessions. The course will explore ways to develop pupil’s thinking at a deeper and more sustained level, as well as consider how to develop the clarity and precision of how children express and develop their thoughts.

Reference will be made to statutory assessment domains and participants will be supported to see how the principles and approaches of effective reading instruction supports progress and attainment against statutory measures. Analysis of past papers will be used to highlight implications for test preparation and technique, without losing sight of the long-term, core aim of developing confident, thoughtful and articulate readers, able to cope with the demands of increasingly complex texts.

By attending this course, participants will:

  • explore a range of approaches to developing higher level reading knowledge and skills that enhance the quality of expression in responding to texts
  • participate in demonstrations of reading instruction designed to support achievement at the higher standard, and boost all pupils ability to think about, and discuss what they have read
  • gain insight into what might characterise performance at the higher standard in reading
  • understand how best to prepare pupils for the demands of the KS2 reading paper within a principled, evidence-informed approach to developing motivated, curious, and thoughtful readers.

Dates:      Friday 17th January, 9am-4pm

                  Friday 24th April, 9am-Midday

Venue:   Spinney Primary School, CB1 9PB

Course cost: £225

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Primary English CPD
Martin Galway

‘Knowlogy’ Conference – seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

‘Knowlogy’ Conference –

seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading

Tuesday 4th February 2020 

at Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

The Kite TSA is pleased to recommend this conference taking place in neighbouring Hertfordshire.  We have a long-established  relationship with Herts for Learning and collaborate with them to bring our Cambridgeshire colleagues the truly brilliant Martin Galway (who’s part of the conference line-up). We can also recommend the Cambridgeshire English Conference which is taking place on 30th June 2020 – click here to and choose ‘conferences’ to book

One of the recognised ways in which pupils gain knowledge is through reading. When it comes to which texts to choose to supply this knowledge, the choice is vast.

Great historical fiction, biographical narratives, and quality reference books all have the power to inform and delight.

This conference aims to celebrate the full range of knowledge-enhancing texts available to teachers, even going so far as to honour this special subset of literature with its own categorisation: ‘knowlogy texts’ – those texts that are capable of imparting and developing knowledge. ‘Knowlogy’ texts have never been more exciting, or more relevant.

With children being expected to read widely and deeply across all curriculum areas, now is the perfect time for teachers to refresh their understanding of what constitutes a quality text within this category, and how it can be used to foster excellent outcomes in reading and writing across the primary phases.

Herts for Learning and Just Imagine are delighted to be working in collaboration to welcome teachers to a conference that is sure to be inspiring, informative and relevant. With guest speakers, Teresa Cremin, professor of Education at the Open University, and Janina Ramirez, historian, broadcaster and author of Riddles of the Runes: a Viking mystery, colleagues will be sure to leave armed with a wealth of exciting new titles that they are excited to share with their classes.

A range of workshops will be available on the day, each aimed at enthusing a passion and knowledge for how non-fiction can be used to excite young readers and writers.

Knowlogy Conference

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APPLY NOW for Year 5 live audience places at The Big Read & Write 2018

On Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 1pm children across Cambridgeshire will be able to watch
The Big Read & Write – either live in the audience or via the webcast. Jo Cotterill, author of A Library of Lemons will be delivering a live and interactive session to explore this year’s theme of EMPATHY (in conjunction with EMPATHYLAB) and to encourage the children’s enjoyment of reading and writing. As part of the event Jo will launch a countywide story writing competition for all Year 5 children.

Click here to complete the online application form. Alternatively email syoung@spinney.cambs.sch.uk to request a form.

The Big Read & Write 2018 Poster

The Big Read & Write

Cambridgeshire’s annual literacy initiative for Year 5 children. Our next event takes place on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Schools from across the county are invited to bring classes to the live event at Lady Mitchell Hall in Cambridge OR join us via the live WEBCAST.

For 2020 our theme is ‘Precious Planet’ and featured author is Sita Brahamachari and her book ‘Where the river runs gold’.

Schools will be invited at the end of November 2019 to apply for places in the live audience or to subscribe to the live webcast. All participating schools, whether attending in person or connecting remotely will benefit from a dedicated teacher resource pack. Advance expressions of interest are welcomed – please email our Project Manager Suzie Young .

On the day Sita will be reading from her book, sharing storytelling tips and launching a county-wide story writing competition for all of Cambridgeshire’s Year 5 children. The competition offers great prizes for the winning author and their school!

in collaboration with Empathy Lab
Big Read and Write 2020 with Sita Brahamachari

 

This fantastic initiative encourages children’s love of the written word and is a collaborative project between The Kite TSA Cambridge, Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridgeshire County Council and Empathy Lab.  We’re particularly excited to be continuing our collaboration with Empathy Lab who’s work with schools is underpinned by research showing that relating imaginatively to book characters builds real-life empathy skills.

In 2015 the first ever Big Read & Write enabled Key Stage 2 children from across Cambridgeshire to hear from and be inspired by Francesca Simon, author of the hugely popular “Horrid Henry” series of books. In 2016 our featured author Chris Priestley helped Year 5 children to see how they could use their imagination to develop creepy scenes, settings and characters for their very own stories of suspense. In 2018 we began our new chapter with Empathy Lab and featured Jo Cotterill and her book Library of Lemons.

As ever, we will continue to create a wonderful storytelling relay at the Big Read at The Big Weekend in July 2020.  

Don’t forget to follow @bigreadandwrite on twitter to keep up with the latest Big Read and Write news!

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