One of the highlights of my week is story time with all the Y6 pupils. I think you are never too old to hear a good story. I try to read to the Y6s twice a week, and this quality time I spend with them is fundamental to the development of: inference, prediction and textual justification skills our children need to be ready for their next stage in education when they leave us.
Our children get so involved with literature, so engrossed in the plot, and are always so eager to find out what happens next.
We started the year with “The Ghosts of Golfhawk School” by Tessa Potter.
The children made excellent predictions. The children could infer from the text by using evidence to back up their reasons. I was most impressed with their evaluations of the book. They had really thought about the way the author had “teased us throughout” and “left us small clues along the way”.
Keep up the great work Y6 and I’ll return with another exciting story.
Our school has been working closely with Early Education and with Di Chilvers (https://www.early-education.org.uk/trainers/trainer/23). Di Chilvers has worked collaboratively with all the schools in our locality called SSELP (Sheffield South East Learning Partnership). We are a strong team with excellent working relationships. We share good practice and are front runners with current research and developments.
Last night our school hosted the Early Education meeting and colleagues from our city and South Yorkshire; West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire visited our school. They came to hear Di and our Early Years’ Teachers talk about “Talk for Maths Mastery” (TFMM), implementing TFMM in our school, supporting TFMM through transition from EYFS to Y1; and looked at our EYFS provision, our floor books and learning stories.
Two of our Early Years’ Team have had their work and research published in the Early Years Educator monthly magazine. Our school is so proud of the work all the teachers and support staff do for our children, but we know, without the amazing early input from the EYFS team, the rest of us would have a much harder job! Thank you and well done!