Building Better Reading -this year and beyond.
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Building Better Reading -this year and beyond.

Building Better Reading -this year and beyond.

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Learning Unlimited Teaching School Alliance

St Thomas Of Canterbury School

Chancet Wood Drive

Sheffield

S8 7TR

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Session One:

Unpicking the outcomes of the 2016 tests

Outline:
This session will go through the ways in which the 2016 tests represented a change from the previous KS2 (and KS1) SATs. We will examine the skills children needed to have to do well in the tests and we will decode the National Curriculum in the light of the tests. We have examined analysis from a number of groups around the country to help us develop our overview.

The second part of the session will give you the opportunity to plan your in-school audit, examining the reading experiences of children in your school

What will participants get?
You will come away with

  • a better understanding of national trends, against which you can compare your school
  • a deeper understanding of and insight into the new assessments and how these can inform the teaching and learning of reading at your school.
  • a bank of question starters which you can use to familiarise teachers and children with the new language of reading assessment during lessons
  • a gap analysis for your data for your school, to discuss with other delegates
  • a plan for auditing reading in your school

Between-Session Activity (Interim School-based activity):

Audit of reading in your school

Session Two:

Strategy across school

Outline:
This session will consider the skills children need to be taught in order to do well in the new reading assessments and what that might look like at the level of whole-school policy and classroom practice. Following on from participants’ own school audits, we will identify common gaps and offer strategies to address these. We will focus particularly on the skills which are given a higher priority in the new assessments, when compared with the pre-2016 tests and how to target your school’s teaching effectively.

We will discuss the respective merits of teaching reading in groups (Guided Reading) and whole class approaches (such as Book Study). You will have the opportunity to look critically at the opportunities children in your school have to

  • develop fluency in their reading so they are decoding words in line with the curriculum’s expectations
  • experience high-quality and challenging texts in each age group
  • read for pleasure
  • become familiar with the vocabulary and sentence-structure needed to understand more challenging texts
  • develop the comprehension skills which they needed to be successful in the 2016 tests
  • apply the grammatical knowledge they are using in their writing as they read and understand texts

Between Session Activity:

Schools carry out a Lesson Study in their own setting, focussed on developing comprehension in either Guided Reading or a whole-class reading lesson.

Session Three

Developing Effective Teaching of Reading in your School

Outline:

In this session, you will have the opportunity to watch (live!) a whole-class upper KS2 lesson in a Sheffield school, led by experienced SLEs. (If colleagues are also interested in observing KS1 lessons, these can be arranged in addition). This will address the development of fluency, vocabulary-awareness and comprehension. Following the lesson, you will have the chance to employ a Lesson Study model to reflect and analyse what you observed with fellow participants (and the SLEs who taught the lesson).

We will consider the strengths and challenges of developing similar sustainable approaches to staff learning about the teaching of reading at a school level. We will hear from schools who are using similar model and the challenges they have faced in improving their reading and how they are overcoming these.

Session Four:

Impact Analysis

Outline:

This session will give you the opportunity to think about your 2017 outcomes and consider the areas for further development (and celebrate successes). Together, we will use this analysis as an opportunity to identify schools’ learning and development needs for the following year.

Dates:

Session 1 - Thursday 1st December 1pm

Session 2 - Monday 9th Jan 1pm

Session 3 - Friday 10th Feb 1pm

Session 4 - Tuesday 11th July 1pm



The cost of the 4 sessions is £360 + VAT, or 4 LUTSA Credits (see www.lutsa.co.uk for details of the CPD package)

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