Dear Jacki and Louise
I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you after last month’s visit, January suddenly became very busy, for you too, probably!
Thank you again to you and your staff and children for hosting me in your lovely school on the 10th, and for all your hospitality while I was with you. It’s always a treat and a privilege to visit someone’s school and have the opportunity to see how Power of Reading is landing.
It is evident that you and the staff team have worked incredibly hard to implement the Power of Reading over the last year. It’s hard to believe how much you have achieved in just your first year.
The reading environment reflects very clearly the value you place on the importance of reading for pleasure and developing lifelong readers with all the benefits this brings. Your school library and other reading areas you have been able to create are central to the school and the way in which they are utilised will ensure your pupils enjoy reading and see themselves as readers regardless of their starting points.
Your pupils are obviously your greatest assets! Kacey, Freddie, Tara and Declan were so confident, articulate and passionate about the books they had read in school, the sequences of work that they have enjoyed, and the approaches that have been used to help them engage with the texts. To have children speak like this to someone they have never met speaks volumes (pun not really intended) about your hard work. They were equally motivated about their own personal reading preferences and habits, discussing why they enjoyed or didn’t enjoy certain books and authors, and had really valued the author visits you have arranged.
They also spoke about the impact their reading has been having on their writing, especially in their exposure to higher-level vocabulary, and the opportunities to use this in authentic writing were very motivating. Seeing this writing valued and celebrated in every classroom and especially in the corridors was wonderful.
It was also especially gratifying to see poetry given such a high profile: that performance of ‘Spaghetti Spaghetti’ we say in Year 1 was terrific —I think Jack Prelutsky would be delighted! I really hope we can persuade you to shadow the CLiPPA this year, I’ll be in touch when we launch the materials to remind you.
I really do hope it will be possible to continue to build our relationship and I’m happy to offer my expertise and support your team. This isn’t something we normally offer but I was so impressed with the way in which you and your team have developed practice in such a short space of time.
I wish you all every success as you build on your hard work and I hope to hear from you soon.
Primary Advisory Teacher