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Reading for Pleasure News – April
With life starting to return to some semblance of normality, we’re finally able to offer in-person events. Hurrah! Our postponed (March 2020) OU/UKLA conference, RfP - The Thread That Connects, is now happening on 18th June in Cambridge. Tickets available soon!
Read on for more events, the winners of the 2022 Blue Peter Book Awards, and some exciting news about our fifth birthday celebrations. Wishing you a relaxing Easter break.
Do you want to improve children’s reading attainment and enhance children’s reading for pleasure and wellbeing? Join us to find out more about our successful, research-led programme on 4th May, 4.00-5.15pm. If you think your school could benefit from the programme, then do join us to find out more. Book your tickets here.
Join us for another OU Newsletter Live! Event on Tuesday 26 April – a rapid-fire event dedicated to the latest in Reading for Pleasure.
Hosted by Professor Teresa Cremin, this virtual event will cover a range of useful topics to help you enrich your practice and nurture your pupils’ love of reading. Book
your free ticket now!
RfP Fifth Anniversary Celebrations
We are delighted to be preparing to celebrate our fifth birthday! In honour of the occasion, we will be launching an exciting book giveaway on our social media channels, so be sure to follow @OpenUni_RfP (Twitter) and @OpenUniRfP (Facebook) and keep an eye out for the festivities!
OU/ UKLA Reading for Pleasure Conference June 2022
Following its cancellation in March 2020, this conference with Frank Cottrell Boyce has been rescheduled to 18th June 10am-4pm. Held at The University of Cambridge Primary School, it will feature workshops, book blether and key notes. We have emailed all who booked before but do contact us if you haven’t heard. Remaining tickets will become available in late April.
Do check out these top 10 ideas for exploring Human Rights through children’s books. Offered by Rowena Seabrook from Amnesty International they have the potential to ignite discussion and link to Amnesty resources, supporting deeper reading.
Announced in a special edition of Blue Peter, the 2022 winners of The Best Story and The Best Book with Facts were voted for by hundreds of children around the UK, after the judges created the shortlist. Click here
to see the winners.
Sign up for this free event on Wednesday 27th April 11:00 – 12:15pm, to get a burst of literacy inspiration beamed straight into your classroom. Mr Dilly Meets children's book authors and illustrators Sophy Henn and Steven Lenton. Suitable for everyone who loves story-telling and drawing.
Neill Cameron is an award-winning author and cartoonist. He is the creator of several comic books, including the Mega Robo Bros series and How to Make Awesome Comics. Check out Neill’s favourite childhood books and why he thinks reading is “the best idea human beings ever came up with”!
Jennifer Farrar, a lecturer in children’s literature and literacies, has chosen some wonderful texts this month by Scottish authors. Jennifer loves working with student teachers to develop their knowledge and passion about texts for children and she has just launched an OU/UKLA Student Teachers’ Reading Group!
The OU Reading Schools Programme: Building a Culture of Reading
Subject leaders are busy supporting their colleagues and driving forward the reading culture in their schools. Good subject knowledge and professional reading are key to this. During April, leaders will read Chapter 9 ready to discuss their thoughts with the Change Team and in subject leader tutorials.
OU/UKLA Teacher Reading Groups
Our TRG’s across the country (and the world!) are continuing to build their practice and track the impact of their actions, using their focus children. We look forward to reading their resulting Examples of Practice soon, to share back to the RfP community.
The Flying High TRG kicked off with some excellent book PR: A whole host of poetry books were shared and a few of us were open and expressed that we do not usually read poetry. However, poems were shared and various recommendations were given which soon addressed that!...
Our librarian, Phoebe Demeger, has done some wonderful read alouds to start each session, of Alice McGinty and David Roberts’ ‘Bathe the Cat’ and Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher’s ‘The New Girl’. We have also discussed Maisie Chan’s ‘Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths’ and later this month, we have settled on Isabel Roxas’s Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happen, a graphic novel… Read more
Featured Examples of Practice
This month we are featuring two excellent but very different examples of practice.
This example is based on developing teachers’ knowledge of diverse and inclusive texts, to welcome children from different backgrounds into a reading community. Students at the University of Greenwich used activities such as reading rivers, mind maps and a session with Amnesty International, to shape their practice, opening them up to a wider reading repertoire.
Dr Helen Lewis, from the University of Wales explored the impact of children reading with dogs, based on the idea that dogs are a calming and non-judgemental presence for anxious readers to practice their reading aloud. Evaluations showed reluctant readers becoming drawn into reading and children’s reading choices became more ambitious.
In this extract from the draft OU Literature Review for the Mercers’ Company Special Initiative: Young People Reading and Writing for Pleasure, the team explore what RfP means. Is reading always pleasurable? Don’t teachers seek to make reading in literacy lessons pleasurable too? Just what does RfP mean?... Read more.
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