Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils, Coopers Edge

Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils...Coopers Edge School

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Doug Herbert, Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils participant and teacher at Coopers Edge School in Brockworth, tells us how he’s using #ReadingTeachers book, The Last Wild to inspire his class…

The children at our school were captivated by the story before we attended Cheltenham Literature Festival. We had arranged to see Piers Torday speak and to take part in his story writing workshop and as part of our preparation the year six teacher read the book with his class.

The children seemed to immediately engage with the plight of Kester. They were attracted to his isolation and his lack of voice. After only a few pages there were discussions about being heard, and more importantly being listened to.

For more confident readers this was a real and challenging activity in reading comprehension. For those whom lack confidence, they were hooked by the talking animals and enjoyed playing with the voices.

After hearing Piers speak and taking part in his wonderful workshop on story writing and characterisation the children were even more deeply engaged with the story and added it to the class collection: “Books to Read Before we Leave”.

The story has been used to help the teaching of writing and it is regularly seen in the hands of children during independent reading sessions. It speaks volumes about the children’s love of the story that when asked if anyone wanted to create a spot of artwork linked to the book, many of the year 6 children volunteered.


The Last Wild artwork by Coopers Edge pupils
Artwork by Coopers Edge pupils inspired by The Last Wild

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