Our staff meeting this week was cleanly split in half; and one of the halves was all about reading. Whilst a lot of the focus was on phonics, correct pronunciation of the phonemes (no ‘uh’!) and how phonics leads on to blending – there was a clear mention of the need for reading to be a fun and enjoyable experience.
We were told another OFSTED ‘horror story’ about how an inspector had asked one of the children what their teacher was currently reading. I’m quite sure that’s not in the curriculum. (I can imagine the learning objective for the lesson: “To be able to identify the types of genre Mr. B likes the most and explain his choices.”)
The point behind the question (we’ve got to assume there’s a valid point behind inspectors seemingly random madness) was to infer whether reading was being put across as something for pleasure, with meaning, and whether a ‘love of reading’ was being instilled in the children.
Individual fan cards for guided reading. I created something very similar last year and they were part of my guided reading carousel (one group used them to answer a question based on their own reading book). They’re all tied in to the assessment focus which makes using children’s answers as part of assessment easier. They’re colour coded so that the children know they’re different (they don’t need to know about assessment focus) and that they’re supposed to pick a different colour each time so that there’s a good breadth of evidence spanning across different AFs.
This year, I also added a little extra detail to the questions. I found that some of them were a little too vague last year and the kids struggled with understanding what they meant… which wasn’t great considering they should be working individually with these.
I’ve also added numbers. This should make it easier to assess the different answers without having to decipher which question has been answered.
You can download them on TES (in PDF format or word) here.