NORTH WALES (RUTHIN) - Reading Attack 1/2 day course

Details

Target GroupTeachers/English/literacy co-ordinators/subject leaders/teams

Date(s)

19 June 2018
Price: £ 474.00
Venue: Ruthin Castle Hotel, Castle Street, Ruthin, LL152NU
Time: 1pm registration for 1:30pm start
Cost of course, Reading Attack resource and materials £395 plus VAT for first place booked. Additional places/multiple bookings at £95. To book extra places plese ring 0844 800 1153

 ‘Developing the skills for the National Reading Test; developing skills for life’

Developed closely with teachers, pupils and senior leaders Reading Attack is a brand new method and resource developed by Helen to help pupils have the confidence, skills and stamina to ‘attack’ a text independently. 
You will receive: training on the core principles of Reading Attack, tools to develop the skills that underpin the NRT and all of the differentiated fiction and non-fiction passages you will need to use from Y2-Y6 for a complete academic year.

 

The Challenge

Developing the skills for reading and a motivation to read is a priority for schools in Wales. In spite of this, many of our pupils may not have the independent 'attack' skills or the ability to have a go at reading something unfamiliar, on their own, at speed. This affects pupil independence and may even affect a pupil’s ability to do well in our National Reading Test. We may even have particular year groups that find the test more demanding than others.  This may be a whole school trend resulting in a discrepancy between teacher assessment and the reading test data 
The NRT is a challenge too because we are strongly encouraged to not reduce or modify our curriculum to ‘prepare’ pupils for the test. Many of us agree with this, but we are still faced with the challenge of making sure our pupils are familiar with the test questions as well as developing the stamina to read something at length, independently.

 

The Solution

Reading Attack is a brand new method and resource that Helen has developed to help pupils have the confidence, skills and stamina to ‘attack’ a text independently. It has been developed closely with teachers, pupils and senior leaders and the feedback has been excellent.

 

In a Nutshell – A Brief Overview

To make Reading Attack effective, ideally, you need 2 x 10 minute sessions per week, but it can also be implemented if you decide to allocate only 1 x 10 minute session to this.
Pupils are given one of the fiction or non-fiction Reading Attack passages to read. The passages have been differentiated 3 times whilst retaining the same key information so that mixed ability groupings can work and succeed together.
Passage 1 has longer sentences, more complex vocabulary and greater length. Passages 2 and 3  have lower vocabulary, shorter sentences and shorter length, whilst retaining similar content.
After timed independent reading of the passage the teacher has allocated (attack), pupils are given an oral task to complete with their partner e.g. 2 facts 2 opinions, 3 things you now know about x. One thing that surprised you…etc. Full guidance and examples of these is provided.

 

Attending the Half Day Event - What Will You Receive? 

  • Half day training on the core principles of Reading Attack as well as tools to develop the skills that underpin the NRT e.g skimming and scanning.
  • All of the differentiated fiction and non-fiction passages you will need to use from Y2 to Y6 for a complete academic year
  • Consistency in teaching methods and practices that a school uses to develop independent reading.

  


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