Last month you might have seen our March 20-21 newsletter round up! It highlighted what an extraordinary year it has been, and just how resilient and innovative the RfP community is. Together we stayed connected, designed resources and continued to support children’s reading for pleasure throughout lockdown. What a community!
As April progresses, there’s a real sense of better times ahead. This month’s newsletter brings you all the news and all the usual features and resources.
Are you prepping your submission? Why not?! It’s a great way to gain recognition for the work you’re doing and win new books for school! There are 5 categories: Early Career Teacher, Experienced Teacher, Whole School Award, School Reading Champion and Community Reading Champion. Check out the guidelines!
OU/UKLA Student Teacher RfP Ambassadors Scheme
This exciting new initiative involves pairs of student teachers committing to fostering their own and their peers’ ability to encourage voluntary reading over 18 months. Our first webinar with those appointed is 20th April – we can’t wait! With 31 OU RfP HEI partners we will be brimming with passionate Reading Teachers of tomorrow!
The Reading Agency’s Read Talk Share campaign has a children’s booklist to help combat loneliness and promote wellbeing. Chosen by health professionals and co-produced with children and families, it’s available through digital public libraries.
This School Library Association Guide for primary and secondary schools encourages engagement with STEM subjects to help students develop their curiosity and connection with the world around them.
OU/UKLA Teacher Reading Groups and Members’ Webinar
Our groups are enthusiastically developing their knowledge and practice to ensure more young people develop the life-changing habit of reading. All members are welcome to our firstOU RfP Newsletter Live Webinar with Top Texts, News, Research, TRG Updates, Examples of Practice and Marcia Williams in the Spotlight! 27th April 8-9 pm. Watch out for your email invite!
Session 3 was exciting, bursting with contributions from group members. It was fantastic to see members' slides showing their development work so far. The feedback showed real progress in knowledge of high-quality texts and children's reading habits. If the Covid roadmap remains as published, we hope to celebrate everyone's Examples of Practice in person with cake!
Cwmbran’s group is off to a fantastic start! We had our first book blether and wave and discussed the lasting impact certain children’s books have had on us, even recalling details 20 years later. Members reviewed their practice and are keen to read beyond those comforting old favourites and develop their RfP pedagogy to harness that cultural shift.
Using padlet has been beneficial for our TRG as everything’s in one place. Action plans can be updated, pre meeting reflections, useful websites and ideas to support our RfP progress. I’ve been so impressed with the ideas developed and how gracious members are in supporting each other by offering possible solutions to enrich everyone’s RfP improvement plans.
Featured Examples of Practice
This month we’re featuring two examples from members of our RfP community. Thank you to Jon Biddle and Louise Rayner.
Rumena Aktar is a primary school librarian, based in Birmingham. She joined us on our OU Talk in reading webinar, writes book reviews for Just Imagine and is a host on the book club show on Teacher Hug Radio.
Understanding reading motivation across different text types This article by Sarah McKeown, describes, in children's own words, why they choose to read different text types (e.g., books, magazines, comics, etc). The article is open access. Read the article
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