Friday, 2 March 2012

Picture book inset

It was a treat earlier this week to deliver inset on using picture books in years 6 and 7, for an excellent cross-phase literacy project in the London Borough of Brent. (Lovely for me to visit my old stamping ground. I worked in Brent for many years prior to becoming a trainer.)

Picture books have so much to offer in key stages 2 and 3, but are often under-utilised. We talked about the great role they can play in fostering reading enjoyment, and effective methods to exploit them to develop children’s oracy, literacy, comprehension and thinking skills. Their value for EAL and SEN pupils was discussed, but also their importance for children of all abilities. We explored ways to support curriculum areas and cross-curricular learning through picture books, and ideas for using them to inspire writing, drama, art and lots of other creative activities.

I was delighted to be able to introduce people to some fabulous books that they had not seen before. Several delegates told me they were going to be ordering some of the titles as soon as they got into school the next day, and that they knew their students would love them. A big thank you to the great Willesden Bookshop and to Westminster Schools Library Service for all their support in suggesting titles and lending me books, and many thanks too to Barnet School Libraries Resources Service and Chris Brown, book review editor of the School Librarian for lots of helpful ideas.

For anyone interested, there is more about my picture book training on my website.

The year 6 girls in the photo were choosing picture books in the fabulous library in Martin Primary School in Barnet.