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Flexing Fluency Muscles with Great Texts (Oh…and they are free too!)

In this short blog, Penny Slater points to some texts that may prove useful in the last few weeks leading up to this year’s SATS.

Let’s cut to the chase…It’s early summer term. You are a Y6 teacher. You have a couple of weeks left before the 2017 Reading SATs paper. What you are probably looking for are some great texts that will give your pupils a final push to prepare for the challenge ahead? Oh…and you probably need those texts to be free and easily accessible. If so, read on….

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Guided reading – whole class or guided groups?

In this blog, Alison Dawkins takes a look at the ways in which guided reading is organised and shares some reflections on the benefits of guiding reading in groups.  To explore some earlier ideas from Alison in relation to streamlining the more traditional reading carousel,  you may want to read Guided Reading – Where next? 

Both in and out of school at the moment, I’m meeting increasing numbers of people talking about trying ‘whole class guided reading’ in KS2. They mention the children’s enthusiasm, the opportunity to engage with a whole text, the deepened questioning, and the release from the burden of planning a range of ‘activities’.

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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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