The first CPD session ran in November and focused on understanding the benefits of reading for pleasure, how it is different from reading instruction and key findings from The Open University’s Reading for Pleasure research.
The session aimed to develop strands 1 and 4: “Considerable knowledge of children’s literature and other texts” and “As Reading Teachers: teachers who read and readers who teach”. (Cremin, T., Mottram, M., Collins, F., Powell, S., Safford, K. (2014) Building Communities of Engaged Readers London: Routledge)
Teachers had time to build their own knowledge of children’s literature through book tasting and exploring how they might incorporate these into their curriculum.
“Pupils who enjoy reading have higher overall reading scores and higher scores in sentence completion and passage comprehension compared with their peers who don’t enjoy reading. The differences are also visible in reading ages with the gap between those who enjoy reading and those who don’t increasing with age. Thus, these findings clearly demonstrate the importance of reading enjoyment to children’s outcomes.” (Clark and Teravainen, Celebrating Reading for Enjoyment: Findings from our Annual Literacy Survey 2016, June 2017)