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January 03, 2012
Throughout my PP2 placement I noticed that although reading was incorporated into everyday school life, there was little excitement surrounding it. Each classroom had a book shelf in it, but little area to sit and read, and the books were often old and uninteresting to the pupils. Occasionally the school would hold a book fayre, at which each class teacher could select a number of books to place on their book shelf. These books were often selected based upon the text or the speech that is used within them.
The class teacher did not seem over enthused about reading, although he was able to direct the pupils towards the most suitable texts for them, often relating to their interests. In contest to this, when taking part in group reading and class shared reading the teacher was very enthusiastic about the story and the history of the text.
The school did have a small school library, with books marked according to their level of difficulty, these books, although educational did not seem to spark much interest or enthusiasm with the pupils. As a leaving gift to the class room, I gave my class 2 texts, a Jacquelin Wilson and a current text linked to a stage show and a film release called War Horse. I am aware of the text and historical content within these books - and feel that due to their content combined with their level of relativity they would be a hit with the school, teacher and the pupils.