Struggling readers and writers 
 
Many pupils arrive in Year 3 with woefully inadequate literacy skills to cope with the demands of the Key Stage 2 curriculum. These pupils need a ‘back-to-basics’ revision of the core reading and spelling strategies set in the context of developing a deeper understanding of the pleasures and rewards of books. 
 
This course covers: 
☆ understanding the relationship between letters and sounds in the English language 
☆ developing visualizing strategies for pupils to read and spell high frequency words 
☆ how to hear children read diagnostically (and how to use that information effectively) 
☆ how to give children the basics of sentence construction 
 
Guided writing 
 
Guided writing is the key teaching link between whole class demonstration writing and pupils writing independently. It can target the particular needs of an ability organised group to consolidate learning and extend skills.  
 
Quality guided writing sessions will have real impact on improving pupils’ writing. 
 
The course demonstrates: 
☆ what skills are best taught in guided writing sessions 
☆ how to organise groups 
☆ how to deal with the practical issues of managing guided writing effectively. 
 
 
 
Guided reading  
 
Guided reading is the most effective way of developing children’s reading skills. It also engages children’s interest and hooks them into reading. 
 
At Key Stage 2 the focus will on developing inferential comprehension and exploring the writer’s style as a model for pupils’ own writing. 
 
The course includes: 
☆ video footage to demonstrate key techniques of running guided reading sessions 
☆ practical solutions to the thorny issue of what the rest of the class are doing while the teacher works with a group. 
 
 
 
 
Spelling 
 
It’s easy to see where pupils have made errors in spelling but not always so easy to see how to teach to avoid those errors occurring again. 
 
Spelling is often the barrier to children’s growth as writers. If pupils are side-tracked into slowly deliberating how to spell a word then continuity of thought and expression is interrupted. 
 
The course outlines: 
☆ the role of phonics, word memorization and understanding word morphology which underpin spelling knowledge 
☆ all the practical issues concerning spelling programmes, timetabling, correcting pupils’ work and marking spelling corrections. 
For any of these courses, as INSET in your school, please call Dee on 0118 9344430 or use the contact form to enquire about availability, more details and costs. 
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