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What Kids Are Reading Awards 2017

By Renaissance UK,

At 3pm yesterday, whilst Doris was wreaking havoc across the UK scores of teachers, librarians, authors, publishers and a good helping of Renaissance staff were raising the roof at Sadler’s Wells for the launch of the 9th annual What Kids Are Reading report and 3rd annual awards.

How to: use AR quizzes as a backdrop for whole class reading

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

As part of my role here at Renaissance UK, I’m very fortunate to be able to visit schools and spend time in the classroom working with primary teachers to explore exciting new ways that Renaissance Accelerated Reader can be used ‘beyond the norm’. A recent example of this saw us using the Accelerated Reader quizzes as a backdrop to whole class reading in KS1 and lower KS2. The response was quite simply phenomenal, so I just had to share the approach with other primary schools so you could try it too…

From Apprentice to Master – our year with Accelerated Reader

By Laurie-Ann Spencer, Hummersea Primary School

Since introducing Accelerated Reader just over a year ago, Hummersea Primary School in the North East, has been on an exciting journey with developing a reading for pleasure culture and supporting children in their reading development – so much so that they were recently nominated as a Master School. Laurie-Ann Spencer, currently on maternity leave, spearheaded the roll out of Accelerated Reader and was so proud of the school achieving Master status, she wanted to share her personal highlights on making the move from ‘Apprentice’ to ‘Master’…

Reading Goldmines

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

The fact that there are so many of these lovely books – mostly picture books – in charity shops, is indicative of the fact that the potential of the picture book to support children’s reading development is vastly undervalued.

Don’t judge a book by its colour (band)

By Julie King, Reading Support Teacher

Having taught in primary schools for over 20 years, Julie King has seen her fair share of early reading approaches and an equal share of changes in assessment methods. Based on these experiences, Julie has become a strong advocate for leaving colour bands behind after the current purple or gold bands, when a child is a transitional reader who is able to blend sounds and word parts to read simple words.

Star-t as you mean to go on

By Nicky Nash, Assistant Headteacher

Evidence-based practice forms a core part of the teaching ethos at Brooklands Farm Primary School, with Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset used to encourage both teachers and students to thrive in a positive learning environment. With the first term now already over, Nicky Bullard, Assistant Headteacher at the school, takes us through her experiences of aligning technology with theorist principles and explains why they believe it’s important to ‘Star-t as you mean to go on’…

Renaissance in the news…

By Renaissance UK,

A study of over 850,000 UK primary and secondary school children sheds further light on the literacy gap between boys and girls. It shows that boys read less thoroughly than girls, leading to poorer literacy outcomes by the time they leave school.

Remembering #ReadingRocks

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Once upon a time, (but not so very long ago) over 150 teachers ‘gave up’ their Saturday to be part of something very special in a lovely primary school buried deep in Merseyside. While I’m still on a professional and personal high from experiencing this day first-hand, now the dust is starting to settle from all of the excitement, I wanted to put finger to keyboard and share my thoughts on why Reading really does Rock!

Reading between the Michael Morpurgo headlines

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

Children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo hit the headlines recently after delivering his keynote speech at the first annual Book Trust lecture… with claims that exams have created ‘apartheid’ in schools appearing in the likes of the Guardian and the BBC. However, this message was just one of many points which he covered (although perhaps the most controversial hence its dominant coverage in the media). However, when we look past the debate on Government agendas, Morpurgo actually gives us some really positive observations and suggestions that we can put to good use in classrooms today…

Understanding the ‘Challenge’ of ‘Reading To’

By Margaret Allen, Strategic Education Manager

When is it right to choose a more challenging book for your children, as opposed to what you believe is ‘age appropriate’?

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