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April 24, 2012

Reflection on PP3

My teacher was definitely a committed reader outside the classroom, and brought this knowledge and experience into the classroom. We had several discussions about books, and she introduced me to some children's books about which I had not previously heard. These included some poetry collections, which provide some good poems to use with children, in particular 'The Poetry Store'.

Within the classroom, she asked the children to read every morning when they came in, and allowed them to read their own books rather than just the reading scheme books. This gave children a sense of ownership over the literature they chose to read, and made it a more enjoyable experience. The importance of reading was made obvious and clear, and it was one of the school's priorities to get children reading for pleasure. Within literacy lessons, the importance of reading was linked clearly with writing as we were studying stories from other cultures.



October 03, 2011


Well I've started the directed time task, and am already loving dipping into some of my old favourite books. The first of these was 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen.

Bear Hunt

It's such a fun book to read! I think it'd be perfect for a regular story time for those in Reception/Foundation stages of school. There are also some really useful resources available for free online just by googling the book. For example, I found a powerpoint presentation of the book which was available to download. The only downside to that was that it didn't use the original drawings from the book, and they are well worth keeping in an e-version of the text.

The book allows plenty of scope for action and adventure to take place in a drama setting in the classroom, which children would absolutely love. It also allows for a good exploration of phonics and of onomatopoeic language. I loved reading it again. Not sure if that says more about the book or about myself...

September 27, 2011

PP1 experience

Smartest Giant

I read this book to a year 2 class, who absolutely loved it. I would say it is appropriate for any KS1 class, but it worked particularly well with this age group. I chose to read it partly because it fitted in nicely with the PSHE topic of feelings and helping people, but mostly because it is an enjoably book! Also, it is written by Julia Donaldson who wrote 'The Gruffalo', so I knew it was likely to be well written. It follows the trials of George who is the scruffiest giant in town. He then buys some smart clothes to feel better, but ends up giving away various items to help animals. As in most books for children it all ends happily, with him back in his comfy and familiar clothes and with a golden crown given to him by all those he has helped.


To read to the children I had them gathered on the carpet around the chair I was sat on, so that they were comfotable and could see the pictures as I held up the book. During the story I asked them questions such as "What do you think will happen next?" and "Was that a good idea?" It promoted discussion and allowed the children to get really involved. I also encouraged them to join in with the repeated rhyme that went through the whole book.

I think this was my favourite part of PP1, as it was the first time I was really engaging with the children. It was also one of those moments that the children enjoyed and allowed them to learn some social messages without experiencing a lecture. They loved and engaged with the beautiful pictures as well as the actual text. After I read it I asked a few cihldren what their favourite part of the story was and why, and I think that helped them to think about the text further, so I felt I was teaching and not just reading a story.

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