We sincerely hope that you are all enjoying the summer break. This month’s newsletter includes information about some new initiatives and resources to support RfP in the new school year. If you haven’t yet signed up for the Teachers’ Summer Reading Challenge, it’s not too late, see details below.
We are delighted to have some new colleagues joining the OURfP team this summer. So, after two years of writing the RfP newsletter editorial, I will be passing the role on. It has been a pleasure to share all the RfP news and events with you, and see our community grow.
The Finnish literacy initiative, Read Hour, is coming to the UK for the first time in 2021 with support from Moomin Characters Ltd. Read Hour invites everyone on this UN Literacy Day to set aside an hour to read a book, magazine or comic. Why not get the whole school and parents involved? Half an hour in school - half an hour at home? Start a trend worth sustaining!
If you didn’t manage to fit in a Booknic in the summer term, then why not plan one for September? A super way to welcome the children and young people back! In school grounds, in the hall, in bubbles, in class or how you wish! The Booknic Guide offers ideas to choose from.
There are Book Character Quizzes, Menus of Recommendations, a welcome video by Nicola Davies and more to help you run your Booknic! Send in a photo to WELS-Reading-For-Pleasure@open.ac.uk to be entered into a draw to win book prizes! We have 50 books to give away!
Our research shows subject knowledge of children’s texts is critical so this summer do join in our OU and Reading Agency Partnership and challenge yourself to read 6 or more children’s books! There are posters, a reading diary and certificates to download, as well as a Teacher Book Sorter and loads of space for recommendations!
Evaluations from leaders and members indicate the value of these groups, so do consider joining one in the autumn term.
We are moderating a rich range of new Examples of Practice from TRG members this last year, if you’re uploading yours, this guide will help! Thanks to Katherine Young from Elmhurst Primary, Newham who made it for her group.
Featured Examples of Practice
This month we’re featuring two examples from members of our RfP community. Thank you to Alice Reedy from Kaizen Primary School and Hibah Atef, Khadija Zaheer and Madina Hussein from the University of Greenwich.
Alice discusses a small-scale case-study which explored Year 5 pupil’s perspectives of the factors that engage them, or disengage them with RfP. This example details how these insights were used to identify potential strategies to improve practice in school.
Third-year Primary Education students, Hibah, Khadija and Madina discuss the importance of texts that represent diversity in the classroom and describe how they developed their knowledge of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic authors.
Lucy Courtenay has written over 100 books, both as herself and as a team writer on series such as Beast Quest. She works for a children’s fiction publisher and is also a freelance editor. She has done lots of jobs ranging from tea lady to teacher. Her favourite smell is her whippet’s feet. She tweets @LucyCourtenay1
Anoara Mughal is an assistant head teacher and Year 6 teacher, in a primary school in East London. A skilled practitioner, Anoara has led on many areas of school leadership and has led English across three schools. She is passionate about reading, language acquisition and closing the disadvantage gap.
This engaging study by Laura Scholes published in the International Journal of Inclusive Education reveals that across several hundred Australian 7-8 year olds, fiction was the preferred reading genre for boys and that more girls than boys reported higher levels of enjoyment for non-fiction. This challenges the age-old myth that boy’s prefer non-fiction- read the detail to find out more. Freely accessible from July-September!
Get More Involved
Follow us on Twitter @OpenUni_RfP and share your own experiences using #OURfP