“Thank you again for the INSET on the Primary Curriculum, the staff were buzzing afterwards! “

Karen Coles, Director of Studies, Fulham Prep School

Supporting a rich and ambitious Primary Curriculum

This course will be essential to make sure your school is providing a rich Primary Curriculum which supports children’s development of reading and critical literacy across all subjects. With a greater emphasis on whether schools have adopted or constructed an ambitious curriculum, school leaders are now in a strong position to evaluate and improve how reading is taught in all areas of the Primary Curriculum and how they prepare all children to make good progress and become better prepared for the next stages of their learning.

Promoting reading across the Primary Curriculum

  • Do you know what good practice is and how to promote reading across the curriculum?
  • How can you make your school’s curriculum ‘language rich’?
  • Do you know how children can be inspired to draw on high-quality published and on-line texts?
  • Are you aware of the current framework and the changes for 2019 and the implications this has on teaching and leading within a school?
  • Do you know that all of your children are making good and better progress in reading in foundation subjects and how to evidence this?

INSET Outline

Defining Reading and Literacy

  • Establishing a clear definition of reading in terms of the critical literacy needed for success and full participation
  • Reading for meaning to promote ‘critical literacy’
  • Developing an ambitious reading curriculum
  • Role of reading in developing writing and oracy skills

Inspection requirements for reading across the Primary Curriculum

  • What are inspectors looking for and gathering evidence on?
  • What implications do inspection frameworks and criteria have on how children should be taught reading
  • Curriculum Intent and curriculum implementation – ensuring consistency.

A Practical Approach for Teaching ‘Critical Literacy’ in Primary Schools

  • How to develop a genuinely cross-curricular approach to literacy:
  • Speak like a …….
  • Reading for meaning
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Exploring ‘task based’ approaches for teaching reading skills
  • Structure and style
  • Explore questioning strategies for teaching reading skills
  • Investigate approaches to suit a range of curricula
  • Teaching mixed ability groups – using roles in reading practice
  • Constructive and developmental feedback
  • Involving parents/carers – tripartite systems, projects and competitions

Literacy for all children (across all subjects)

  • Skills of reading – practice and summarizing
  • Evaluating texts
  • Annotation skills
  • Encouraging pupils to become ‘active’ readers
  • Links to progress in writing and evidence-based research
  • Meeting the needs of EAL and less-able readers.
  • Promoting a ‘love of reading’ in the school
  • Benefits of reading aloud
  • The role of ‘visual’ literacy in reading development
  • From readers to writers

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