Non-Fiction November

November is National Non-fiction month and is the ideal time for us to consider how to provide rich reading experiences with non-fiction texts. To begin, it’s important that good non-fiction writing does more than convey information. We can distinguish between factual literature and information text. While information text is solely for conveying information, factual literature […]

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Now the tests are over …

Well that’s that over for another year. But what now? Amongst the class trips, leavers’ plays and special assemblies, here are some ideas for making the last few weeks as enjoyable and valuable as possible for everyone involved. With the children: Get the class outside – extra PE sessions, studying the natural world, drawing plants […]

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Building the Next Generation of Readers

James Clements is the director of ShakespeareandMore.com . He is the author of Building an Outstanding Reading School , a report about creating a strong reading culture in a school. James will be leading a practical session looking at how teachers can support children to access classic texts at OUP’s 2016 English Conference For the Love of Reading: Passing on the Passion Learning to read is one of the most […]

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Focusing your guided reading to get the best out of your strong comprehension, strong word reading groups

To find out more about how to group your class for effective guided reading, see my original post which takes you through using The Simple View of Reading to organise your class into guided reading groups . In a nutshell children are organized into groups based on their strengths and weaknesses in comprehension and word recognition. This enables you to adapt your teaching style and focus your guided reading session in a more accurate way than […]

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