Monday 26th June 2017 marks twenty years since the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In this blog, Michelle Nicholson celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the release of JK Rowling’s fabulous book, with some ideas for bringing the story to life in the classroom.
In this blog (a direct follow up to her popular entry from last year) Jane Andrews once again analyses the questions served up in the KS2 reading paper and updates her question stem resource for 2017, for use in school.
Penny Slater unpicks the 2017 reading paper and concludes that despite the concepts within the texts being more easily accessible for most children, the challenge of the reading test remains high.
Following last week’s SATs, we now have two tests that we can analyse in order to gain a better understanding of what the DFE mean by ‘greater challenge’. What follows is an attempt to unpick this year’s reading test, and gain a better understanding of where those elusive assessment goal posts now stand.
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….
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’.
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.
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.
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.’