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I do guided reading with my class twice a week. They have a reading input and every child is heard read twice in the week (as requested by the head) I went to see the literacy co-ordinator for advice as my bottom group have finish pink band books and were struggling with them. The co-ordinator was asking how often we read and wasn't happy to discover we only do 2 reading sessions a week. I explained what we do but she wants to see daily 20min guided reading session with every child reading with an adult twice and reading/developing reading skills independently at all other times! I explained that Ofsted, our early years advisor and the eyes guidance said we should be splitting the into chunks as we did this previously (letters and sounds, guided reading, lit, num, topic, basically what you would see in a year 1 class!!) as they all said it was too bitty. The lit co-ordinator said that wasn't her 'vision' not sure what she means there!

I was jus wondering how much others do? I'm getting sick of everybody in their field putting their 2 cents in for what they want to see in reception. We've just moved away from being like a yr 1 class!! If we had to do what everybody wanted I would need 12hr days with the children!!! Arrrggghhhh!

 

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This was always my frustration in Reception, too many expectations and most inappropriate. I used to love Guided Reading though and I think there are many ways of offering your children reading opportunities throughout the day. I always had a daily guided session after lunch when I would work with a group and my TA/NN would read and interact with the rest of the class playing HFW games, reading stories and talking to them about their individual choices etc as this was also a " quiet reading" time.

 

Try not to get too stressed about this, allocate some timetable time (record it to keep your Lit Coord happy) and enjoy! With your LA, look again at your pink books--can you make them accessible in a different and independent way?

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Good guided reading did away with the need for reading 1-1 with children as they read individually to the adult but in groups, which made it more time efficient. The opportunities for dialogic book talk are greater in guided group reading than in the time given to 1-1 reading. I always doubted the impact hearing a child on their own really had. it always seemed like a conveyor belt race against time rather than qualoty reading experiences for children.

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I am finding it very difficult at the moment and keep constantly changing my timetable because everybody wants a say in what we need to be doing even tho I am an early specialist and know what needs doing. I think they are expecting way too much and most of senior man. Are ks2 trained who have never taught reception. I think with 30mins letters and sounds a day, plus 2 writing sessions a week and 2 guided reading sessions we are fine. I enjoy the guided reading sessions and follow the strategies from the 'every child a reader' children have made good progress, except the lowers (SEN) but when the lit co-ordinator said push them and move them on to red I was gob smacked. I thought this new curriculum was going with the interests of the children and tailoring it to their needs??!!! I even did a PM benchmark on my top group and they are still finding the higher pink an instructional level!! That's another thing they tell us to do that and the results tell us which band they should be reading but when they have a 'vision' wants us to push them. To me we are just pushing them the wrong way, it's sad because they tell me they don't like it and never go in the book area :(

 

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I do guided reading daily for 20 mins and all 30 children are engaged with a reading activity during this time on a rota basis. I hear the guided reading group, my TA works on phonics/ tricky words, 1 group in reading corner, 1 group playing a phonics game 1 group nnlistening centre. Works for us!

Deb

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We are changing to a whole school guided reading/reading activities session for 20 minutes daily after Easter which Reception have to do. What do others do with the children that are not reading with an adult. There wil be me and my TA during this session. Many thanks in advance. H x

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Hi after lunch I have half and hour "reading" time. where all the children sit on the carpet with their reading book or a chosen book from the book box and can sit and talk / read to each other about the books while me and the TA read with each child individually (I only have 10 in rec) this is working really well but I don't know much about guided reading so would appreciate any advise too?

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