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As Easy as A B FluenCy!

Penny Slater, Deputy Lead Adviser for Primary English shares some class-based exploration of reading fluency.

There is definitely a buzz in the air about fluency at the moment! And quite rightly so…

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Reading on the Rise -Raising Standards conference 27th March

We are extremely pleased to be able to provide schools with an opportunity to hear from Sarah Hubbard  – Ofsted’s National Lead for English – who will be leading a session on ‘Reading, assessment and curriculum development’. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

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HfL Primary English newsletter Spring 2017

Here we are again.   A new term.  A new year.  We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas break and that the new term has begun as smoothly as possible for you all.   With this in mind, we thought we’d share our latest-hfl-primary-english-newsletter-spring-2017as swiftly as possible, especially as it is such a short half term.

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Guided Reading in action: digging deeper at the dump

Alison Dawkins is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning

For me, the best ever end to a guided reading session goes something like this: ‘No, I’m sorry, we have to stop talking about it now; we’re out of time’. The children sigh, then brighten and say: ‘I can’t wait to read some more tomorrow.’

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Readability measures

Kirsten Snook is a Teaching and Learning Adviser for English at Herts for Learning.

Confession time. I’m quite an analytical person. Always have been. I like to know the parameters of things, what’s expected of me and how to get there…maybe we all do. It is this that led me to looking into readability of the test papers and trying to find out what is being expected of the children and therefore us as teachers.

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Do judge a book by its cover!

Ruth Goodman is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning and is  also a contemporary artist.

Some of my earliest memories are of sharing a picture book and poring over the illustrations. I found these books were a feast for my eyes, with exquisite illustrations that were just as important as the text. These two elements in picture books work wonderfully together to tell a story that is a blend of text and art. This means that there is always great excitement within the HfL English team when a new picture book arrives to share with schools.

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Reading Re-envisaged


Following recent blogs on the KS2 reading paper and the lessons we might draw from it, here we share some  good reading resources from a while back and a conceptual model of the skills involved in comprehending.

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Do the Voices – Reading Aloud in the Primary Classroom Pt. 2

Martin Galway is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser at Herts for Learning


Right then, where were we? In the last blog I hopefully established that reading aloud to children is a very good thing.  But what if you still haven’t managed to persuade the right people that it deserves its place in the primary classroom?  Read on to further reinforce your case…

The Primary Curriculum (2014) not only gives you licence to provide great reading aloud opportunities, it makes them a statutory requirement.

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Do the Voices – Reading Aloud in the Primary Classroom

Martin Galway is an English Teaching and Learning Adviser for Herts for Learning.


I shan’t beat about the bush. This right here is a wonderful blog on reading aloud to children. So wonderful, it has inspired us to republish this  article published last year in NATE’s Primary Matters magazine.  I initially wrote it because I had found it particularly difficult to protect the time that I wanted to devote to reading aloud to my pupils and then later realised I was not alone.  Here, if you need it , are the arguments to be made for some form of story-time and a few tricks for getting it back on the agenda.

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