All entries for Monday 17 October 2011
October 17, 2011
During my PP1 I was given the opportunity to read the first Harry Potter book to a small year 2 class at Lillington Primary School. The class teacher selected this book as the new class reader and having read this book as a youngster I asked whether it would be possible for me to begin reading it to the children. I asked the children to come and sit on the carpet at the front of the class and I perched on a low chair in front of them. Before beginning I asked who had already read the book, or watched the film, and asked these children to help the ones who hadn’t come across Harry Potter before. Whilst reading I attempted to gauge the understanding of the children at key moments by asking relevant questions about the content of the book. I also tried to use varied accents and voice tones to add expression to the text. Having had very little prior experience of reading in front of a class of children I felt fairly confident and comfortable and was able to get into the book myself. The children were comfortable sitting on the carpet and remained attentive and engaged throughout the reading. I felt to improve my performance in the future I could use more actions, accents and expressions to add emphasis to the text and to fully engage the children, this would be especially important with younger children. I felt I used my voice well however I could use pitch and tone changes to further enhance the experience for the children.
My earliest memories were reading with my Mum and Dad from a young age. This would usually take place in my bedroom before going to sleep. I can remember being excited about story time encouraging me to get ready for bed as quickly as possible so I could read with my parents. I would usually read in bed and my Mum or Dad would sit by me and read till I fell to sleep, or if it was a particularly gripping or long read they would leave it hanging till next time.
My early reading experiences were of books by Dr Seuss, Allan Ahlberg and Roald Dahl. I remember being particularly in awe of the strange comedy in ‘The Cat in the Hat’ and the enchanting Dahl tales ‘The BFG’ and ‘The Twits’. ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ however sticks in my memory as one of my all time favourites due largely to the way I was transported into the lives of Mr Fox and his family. As I grew up I remember enjoying the ‘Just William’ series by Richmal Crompton as well as Sue Townsend’s ‘Adrian Mole’ diaries. Most recently I have read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography and I’m currently listening to Keith Richards’s autobiography on audio book. More recently I’ve lent towards non-fiction books and especially enjoy reading about the lives and adventures of icons and celebrities.