As part of our move to whole-class reading, we have introduced a starter activity called a RIC. In these activities, children use the reading skills of retrieval (R), interpretation (I) and commenting on the creator's choice (C) to understand a variety of media. The RICs are based on poems, song lyrics, film trailers, adverts, photos, cartoons and anything else which inspires us! The idea is that all children can access the Retrieve question and most can have a good go at the Interpret question. If time, children attempt the Choice question before we spend a few minutes going over the answers as a class, with pupils getting the chance to add to their answers with other people's ideas. This means children get the chance to access high-quality answers and write them down. To read more about creating the activities and delivering them in lessons, please click here (opens in a new tab).
People at various events and through Twitter have been quite interested in these starter activities so you can find some examples below. In Key Stage Two, these are used at the beginning of Reading lessons which happen 2 or 3 times a week. In Key Stage One, these are used two or three times a week in whole-class sessions.
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