Highlights from our KS2 Reading for Pleasure Conference feat. The Literacy Shed

We welcomed 120 teachers, senior leaders, and headteachers to Haydock Park Racecourse for our first Reading for Pleasure conference of 2020 featuring The Literacy Shed (Rob Smith).

Our delegates enjoyed an insightful day packed with workshops, presentations and group exercises, all to help inspire them with new ideas and practical strategies to engage their children in Reading for Pleasure.

Take a look at our short video to see what they got up to during the day:



The Literacy Shed (Rob Smith)

Rob Smith, creator and owner of The Literacy Shed (@LiteracyShed), presented three highly engaging workshops at our #RfPNorthWest Conference.

He shared his ideas, techniques and strategies of how using films and images in the classroom can help ignite a passion for reading and writing. During the workshops, he demonstrated to the audience how film can aid comprehension skills such as inference, prediction and more.


The Delegates Faced the Dragons

To encourage the delegates to think creatively about Reading for Pleasure, we set each group a task to come up with a new and innovative strategy to help engage children in reading. There were no boundaries to what the groups could create, so they could make it as exciting and extravagant as they wanted.

The children looked over the ideas that each group submitted, which ranged from bringing books to life, to earning class points for every reading challenge they complete.

Three groups were then chosen to pitch their ideas to 4 pupils from Holy Spirit Primary School in a fun “Dragon’s Den” style.

The children heard all three pitches, before deliberating which one they thought was the best pitch, before choosing their winner.

The winning group pitched the idea of a ‘Reading Dome’ that brings any book to life, which the children can experience with all of their senses, and is narrated by the author!


Michelle Ravey and Sinead Walsh from Holy Spirit Primary School

Headteacher Michelle and Deputy Headteacher Sinead took us through their journey on how they promoted a love of reading in their school. They presented the ideas that they have implemented into the school to engage their reluctant readers, such as: a Reading Shed; a circus-themed school library and a ‘Bookies and Cookies coffee’ morning.

As well as this, they also emphasised the impact that ICT has had on their children’s reading development and engagement with texts, especially with Reading Plus. Due to the pupils being able to use Reading Plus in school and at home, the school set the pupils a 7 Day Reading Plus Challenge to which they saw a significant increase in pupil engagement.

The delegates were inspired by Michelle and Sinead’s reading journey and left with plenty of ideas to try in their own school!


Clair Freeman: Preparing for EIF Deep Dive in Reading

Our Reading Development Consultant, Clair Freeman, lead an interactive workshop on preparing teachers for the EIF Deep Dive in reading. During the workshop, Clair broke down the new Ofsted framework and allowed the delegates to reflect on how they approach reading in their own school.

Delegates worked in groups and shared their ideas and best practice when tackling the new Deep Dive framework and how they measure Reading for Pleasure in their school.

We also have an e-book that provides an overview of the EIF Deep Dive that you can download for free here.


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