October 17, 2011

Task B: Reflections on your PP1 Experience

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.

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