Curriculum maps launch at CLPE's first Information Evening for teachers!
On Tuesday 16th July, the CLPE held its very first information evening for new and longstanding supporters. The day was a chance for teachers to come together to visit the CLPE’s Literacy Library and understand how the CLPE can support schools in developing an English Curriculum to meet the demands of the National Curriculum in creative and innovative ways.
The evening was led by Lead Advisory teacher, Anjali Patel, who spoke about the research-led ethos underpinning all CLPE consultancy, training and resources. Providing attendees with an introduction to our cross-curricular, whole-school literacy training programme, Power Of Reading, Anjali outlined how a curriculum centred on high-quality texts is key in scaffolding language development and in providing children with rich learning opportunities through their reading and writing journeys.
Moreover, building this approach into schools from the earliest years is key, Anjali emphasised; putting the right books into children’s hands from the Early Years Foundation Stage is central to phonics teaching and writing development.
Also launched at the event were the CLPE’s new curriculum maps to help teachers chart a whole-school curriculum through a range of picture books, fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles. Paired with the CLPE’s Reading and Writing Scales, these resources support teachers plan for progress and assess it.
Finally, teachers had the chance to hear from Sarah Kirkby (Deputy Head Teacher) and Julia Tooke (ECAR Teacher) from Rudyard Kipling School in Brighton, who shared the impact Power Of Reading has had on transforming their school’s curriculum. Sarah and Julia discussed how they used its teaching approaches and lesson plans to establish a Reading for Pleasure ethos across all phases, transforming their poetry teaching, setting up a library and classroom reading areas and whole-school reading challenges – approaches they felt confident in implementing after being introduced to a range of specially chosen, high-quality children’s books and strategies to use them through the training programme. These books offered their children rich language models through language, and structure, and helped create a love of reading and greater depth in writing across their school.
“Power of Reading offers the opportunity for the needs of the whole English curriculum to be met – phonics, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, developing inference, writing and so much more!”
“The lesson plans develop the whole child – they offer the opportunity for talk, nurture, developing empathy, for children to listen, to challenge viewpoints etc.”
The evening was first of a series planned for 2019-2020.
Our next Information Evening takes place on Thursday 19th September. Book your free place now.