A peek inside

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Are you wondering what goes on in a patron of reading session? Well I can’t speak for the other patrons but here is a peek at the highlights of  my last patron of reading session:

First – a whole school assembly to celebrate the reading achievements so far:

  • 13 Super Star Readers – chosen for reading 3 times a week plus an additional reason such as: huge improvements with attitude to reading, always reading EVERY night, reading when on holiday, challenging themselves with book choice and showing a real commitment to their reading
  • 128 Star Readers (an almost 50% increase since last half term) – awarded for reading at home three or more times per week
  • 65 Star Book Borrowers  – awarded for borrowing at least one school library book per week
  • The prequel and first chapter of Hoardland (my next book which the students, teachers and parents are reading and voting on elements of, as I write it) read and voted on.

water safariThen we headed to the library (which I had turned into a water safari)  to explore a different dimension to the book we are currently reading (Raffie Island) where the characters have to swim from the underwater portal to the island. We had to avoid getting stung by jelly fish, swim under planks of a rotting ship without touching them (or they would break and trap us under water) and through seaweed until we got to the safety of the cave in the far corner of the room (top right of photo) where we could read whatever we wanted. Although I had designed this activity to work on reader’s comprehension and processing of what we are reading,  this activity proved very popular not only with the students but also some of the teachers were very keen to try to successfully get through the challenges of the water safari.

Behaviour systemGypsie (one of the peer reading champions) showed me a behaviour / reward system she had designed to use during her weekly PoWR sessions where she and another peer champion support a group of eight younger students through a guided reading session. There are eight peer champions (two for each of the four groups of eight) and they all design their own ways of encouraging good behaviour.

Jack's storyLast but not least, Jack (another peer reading champion) showed me a story he had begun writing about a very unusual superhero. We had a long talk about where he wants to go with the plot of his story and about what order he might do this in. I am looking forward to seeing how much Jack gets written during half term!

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