Wednesday 13 May 2015

From Carousel to Whole-Class Guided Reading Lessons - An Overview

In 2013, my school made the move from carousel-style Guided Reading to teaching through whole-class lessons.  I've blogged a huge amount about our rationale, reasons and resources so thought it was time to collate these blog posts together so they are easy to navigate.  All links should open in a new tab. 

Our Solution to the Problems with Carousel Guided Reading - It all started with Rhoda suggesting that we try something different because it seemed children were making progress despite the teaching of reading, not because of it.

Read with RIC Resources and Logos for Reading (FREE TO DOWNLOAD) - With the new curriculum in place and our whole-class reading lessons tried and tested, I shared the resources we used, called Read with RIC.  This includes logos, display materials, planning formats, assessment sheets and sticker templates.  All resources are free to download from a Google Drive folder (no account required). 

How Do Whole-Class Reading Lessons Work? - After that, people kept asking exactly how this works in year four and across the school.  This post has a complete plan with resources and a commentary of its use, as well as other examples.

RIC Starter Activities: What are they? - The starter activities we use encourage children to Retrieve, Interpret and comment on Choice.  We call them RICs. This post shows how to write them, what they look like and an example based on a video stimulus.

RIC Starter Activities: Examples - Here are over 40 examples of RIC lessons starters from various teachers.  They are available to view and download.

Teaching Reading in KS1 with some whole-class sessions - Some KS1 colleagues have written about how they teach reading (including phonics) and how they use RIC in whole-class lessions.

Assessing Reading in the New Curriculum - As we came to the end of the year, we looked at assessing children in reading and making judgements about their progress.  Objective sheets (view and download in the blog post) helped us to make these decisions.

Whole-Class Reading Lessons FAQs - Many people have had questions about moving to whole-class lessons.  I am collating and answering them here.

List of Primary Age-Appropriate Books - I've had emails and questions asking for a list of books used in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 so I compiled this huge list of 350+ books with help from teachers.

Free Texts for Whole-Class Reading Lessons - I am always asked about how we resource whole-class lessons. We have bought 3 half-class sets of books we read throughout the year but we make good use of many free texts.  This post provides links to some examples and advice about finding texts online.

Whole Class Reading - A New Method - In 2017, we trialled a new approach to reading lessons, more focused on vocabulary and understanding.  This post details the method and includes sample plans and lesson slides. 

1 comment:

  1. i heard about this from my sister who is also a teacher. It sounds great!


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