Taking as its starting point a selection of surveys and policy documents before moving to consider views from theorists, writers and young readers, this article seeks to stimulate debate about why reading literature as part of the curriculum still matters.
The review and planning tool will help providers to support the development of a school curriculum as well as the English curriculum. The review format means that the materials can be used by tutors, schools, groups of schools or individuals as a means of identifying strengths and areas for attention and development.
This UKLA project was planned in response to recurring evidence that suggests children in England continue to read less independently and find less pleasure in reading than many of their peers in other countries (Twist et al., 2003; 2007). This series of downloads includes the reports and resources associated with the project, plus the award winning paper that received the UKLA / Wiley-Blackwell Research in Literacy Education Award: Literacy 2009.
UKLA has published key professional development activities to support the popular reading and writing fact cards. The activities are designed to support professional development in schools and will be invaluable to literacy leaders in running training and staff meetings. You can download cards on a range of topics, including Grammar, Spelling, Puncuation and Working with stories.
These teaching materials will develop the critical reading of magazines in KS2 classrooms (although we feel they would be of interest in KS3 and ITE as well). Contact Egmont if you would like free copies of their magazines for 8&11 year olds: 'Toxic' for boys and 'Go Girl' for girls to support the work in classrooms.
These materials focus on developing key aspects of quality whole-class teaching of writing. The surveys encourage teachers to think about their own strengths as writers. There are also surveys for pupils which will give teachers a fuller understanding of just what children know about writing.