Our amazing year 5 teacher and English lead, Russell Goodman, was recently invited to speak at an education conference in Gloucester entitled ‘Creating Riveted Readers: Inspiring a Reading Culture’.
At Rodbourne Cheney, our teaching and curriculum are designed to make our pupils enthusiastic about reading, writing, and telling stories. Mr Goodman’s invitation to the conference is an acknowledgement of our innovative approach to literacy education.
At the conference, Mr Goodman teamed up with Jess Wells, school improvement advisor at The White Horse Federation, to speak in detail about a particular method of teaching that has been instituted at our school and others in The White Horse Federation.
Speaking alongside a host of heavyweights in the field of English literacy education, the pair focused on a reading approach introduced at Rodbourne Cheney that links reading and writing together within a teaching sequence.
They followed this by giving examples from their own teaching so that educators in the audience could potentially implement the method in their own classrooms.
As part of the conference, feedback was gathered from attendees. Among a host of positive responses, one member of the audience commented that the talk presented a “genuinely innovative approach”. Another wrote: “fascinating, so good to see a proper phased approach to acquiring skills”.
We are so fortunate to have someone as skilled and knowledgeable as Mr Goodman leading our English teaching, and we would like to thank Ms Wells and The White Horse Federation for their invaluable support in helping us provide the highest quality of education for our pupils.
Everyone at Rodbourne Cheney is delighted that Mr Goodman and Ms Wells’ talk was such a resounding success!