So, here it is... the final entry!
This year, I think the range of new children's literature as opened up to me. I have been introduced to a variety of new authors, many of which I intend to use in my teaching next year. I think this has been one of the most helpful aspects of this year. I have also been introduced to the idea of using literature across different subjects, such as Science and DT, as a hook into the main teaching. This is an idea which had not necessarily occurred to me before, but which I intend to use!
The children in my placement classess all had time to read, although the levels of enjoyment depended greatly on the manner in which the reading was presented to them! In my first class it was very much seen as a necessary evil. My final class, however, saw it as a treat that they could read. The latter class were read to regularly, using a variety of texts. It was the enjoyment of the teacher that allowed them to enjoy reading too. I hope I can keep this up with my new class! The school I am going to have a policy of reading a class mnovel, for at least ten minutes every day. This will allow the children to have access to literature which they may not necessarily have chosen themselves.
One of the books which the children particularly enjoyed having read to them was 'Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig'. The twist on the classic tale was an absolute delight to them, a joke which they could share in and understand. The slight repetitions in the text allowed them chance to join in, and helped the EAL learners to access the text as well. It was a joy to share it with them, as it had been a favourite of mine as a child!
Over the summer I intend to finish reading several books which I have started but not yet finished, including the Millenium trilogy.