Informal text talk between readers plays a key role in motivating and sustaining the habit of reading. Such relaxed, non-assessed blethering about texts, about reading and about being a reader takes many forms and helps build reading communities. It deserves increased professional attention. This inspiring conference will offer participants opportunities to explore research-informed practice and challenge the notion that we need a script for book blether! The Norfolk Children’s Book Centre and UKLA bookshops will enrich the day. Workshops will be led by the OU RfP team and talented teachers, offering engaging ways forward.
09.30 – 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 – 10.50 Motivating RfP through Informal Book Talk: Teresa Cremin
10.50 – 11.20 Coffee
11.20 – 12.50 Workshops A-D
12.30 – 13.00 RfP Award Winner: Fern Pithers, Warren Academy
Building an RfP Community: Debbie Thomas
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch and bookshops
13.45 – 14.45 Workshops A-D
14.55 – 15.40 Author Keynote: Tom Percival
15.40 – 16.00 Closing Book Blether
Growing together through book blether – Mary Jenkinson & Maddie Young
This workshop will focus on the ways in which adults can instill a love of reading and promote opportunities for book talk at a young age. We will include practical ideas around the ways in which book talk can be fostered and how environments and experiences can promote book talk in EYFS/KS1. We will also explore the ways in which families can be engaged in book blether.
How reading feeds us all – Sarah Austin & Kelly Ashley
How does reading feed you? There is nothing like the connection gained from reading and sharing a good book, however, research shows that there is a drop-off in the frequency of reading aloud as pupils move into KS2. This is an opportunity to share and discuss reading together as a grounding force – an entitlement of every child. Join us to explore how to build opportunities for conversation, reigniting the joy of sharing reading together in KS2 and beyond.
Talking about reading and being a reader – Teresa Cremin, Vikki Varley, & Daisy Whitehead
Making time to reflect on being a reader and one’s preferences, practices and reading history can help young people recognise themselves as readers and claim a positive reader identity. Drawing on research and classroom practice, we will explore strategies that helps children (and adults) consider and celebrate their reading identities, in order to support the journeys of readers who can and do choose to read and talk about it.
Can one child’s voice change the reading landscape in a classroom? – Curtis Jordan and Kathryn Handley
Focusing on children who ‘can read but choose not to’ and changing their reading attitudes can alter the landscape of reading for pleasure in your classroom and influence others to do the same. In this workshop we will explore ways to understand particular children’s tastes and interests in reading, and to build purposeful talk about texts, which influences other readers and leads to whole class learner-led book chatter.
Registration Details: A bargain at only £45.00
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