Three teachers reading groups are running in Gloucestershire in 2017/18 – in Stroud, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
The programme is open to all Key Stage 2 teachers, but the selected novels will be most appropriate for Year 5/6 pupils so priority will be given to teachers of these year groups. To include as many schools as possible, places are limited to two teachers per school.
The project is being piloted by a group of trainee teachers at Worcester University.
Date, venue, time
Thursday 12 October The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
The Pillar Room, 5.30-6.30pm
Book Group meetings (5-6.30pm)**
The Black Book Shop
Unit 2, Nelson St GL52HL
13-15 Eastgate Street
The Suffolk Anthology
17 Suffolk Parade
Monday 6 November
Tuesday 7 November
Wednesday 8 November
Monday 8 January
Tuesday 9 January
Wednesday 10 January
Monday 26 February
Tuesday 27 February
Wednesday 28 February
Monday 23 April
Tuesday 24 April
Wednesday 25 April
Monday 11 June
Tuesday 12 June
Wednesday 13 June
Wednesday 27 June, central location tbc, 9.30am-4.00pm
Friday 29 June, 10.30am – 12.00pm, The Everyman Theatre
At Waterstones we strongly support well thought through initiatives that get more children to read, and equally those that encourage children who read to read more. Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils project has great potential and will receive our committed backing.
5 things to know about Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils:
There will be no more than 17 teachers in each group
Discussion at each meeting will focus on:
How pupils received the previous book (from mg 2 onwards)
The focus book – your personal response as well as ideas for teaching: key questions to instigate conversations around the issues and themes raised; writing opportunities; local trips/experiences; possible engaging starting points; passages for effective models of authorial techniques
Other texts (in a variety of media) which link to the focus book
The next book. You will take away two free copies, one for yourself and one for the school
How you introduce the novels will vary from classroom to classroom. The minimum expectation is to introduce all five novels to pupils to read for pleasure, and to use two novels as the context for units of work
Success relies on continuity, so we ask that you commit to the Event Launch, 5 meetings and the Sharing Day
Pupils will come face-to-face with at least one of the focus authors at a special event at the end of summer term.
……and it is FREE, including tea and cake at each meeting!
Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils gives teachers the time and space to share children’s literature in a professional capacity with a view to engendering the rich teaching of literacy.
I get a lot from this. My teaching is better because of it. Not just with these books, but it has made me a better teacher.
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