Project 6

AIM

To improve the students’ reading skills and their ability to “lose themselves” in the world of books.

ACTION PLAN

To be aware of the importance of reading for all learners, since those who have a  difficulty in learning how to read fall behind their peers in virtually all areas of educational achievement, each teacher will try to use different reading strategies and different reading material to appeal to each child.

Among these, to introduce guided reading (a teaching strategy which allows teachers to “guide” students through a reading selection.

Teachers lead students through the selection, modeling various reading strategies aimed at improving student comprehension.)

Teaching with guided reading groups is a good alternative to whole group instruction because it allows the teacher to work with small groups who have similar abilities. The teachers, especially in the younger classes can use Phonics reading programmes.

Teaching with guided reading groups is a good alternative to whole group instruction because it allows the teacher to work with small groups who have similar abilities. The teachers, especially in the younger classes can use Phonics reading programmes.

Whatever strategies the teacher uses should be with the sole aim of improving reading skills and helping boys in particular to like reading. Paired reading should also Be experimented with.

 

AUDITING

All classes kept a library corner from where students could grab a book upon finishing their class-work. The teachers adopted different reading strategies in class. Guided reading was done in pairs or small groups as well as on an individual basis.

In the Early Years classes, the teachers used the ‘Look and Say’ and the ‘Phonics’ methods, often using flashcards to help their students to build their vocabulary.  The teachers of the Junior Years students used cd’s to help sharpen their students’ listening skills and in these classes, the students also shared each other’s compositions and read them out in class.  Special attention was given to students who lag behind.

In various classes, the students were asked to use their imagination by inventing their own story or creating a different ending to a well known tale.

This year many of our teachers focused on Maltese books to promote reading in our own language.  Our Year 5 and 6 classes introduced autobiographies of Maltese authors whereas the Year 3 pupils worked on handouts relating to the Senduq books.

During the Literacy lessons all students were encouraged to speak in English in order to become more fluent in this language.  Oral tests helped students in becoming more confident to express themselves.

During the scholastic year, all students borrowed books from the school’s library and were helped by their teacher and our complimentary teacher to pick books according to their abilities and likes.  Ms Vicky also helped students with poor oracy skills and met their parents in order to explain to them how their children could be helped to improve their reading skills.

Every week, the students had to write a book review on one of the books that they had read.

In conjunction with World Book Day, this year our school organized a whole week of activities all relating to books.  Every class was given a number of books for the children to read and pass to one another.  Each class was given a set of tasks based on these books.  Tasks included treasure hunts, sets of questions, sequencing of sentences and matching flashcards with names of objects or characters to specific extracts from a book.

 

On World Book Day, all students were asked to pick a book and dress up as one of its characters.  Everyone paraded around the school and later on assembled in the gym where all the children had the opportunity to show off their costume and talk about the book related to it.  Favourite characters included Horrid Henry, Harry Potter and  Elsa from Frozen amongst others.  All our staff joined in the fun and participated in this event.

Many of our school entries in the World Book Day competition made it to the final and students of winning entries were presented with certificates and books during a prize giving ceremony in Malta.project 6a project 6 project 6 b project 6 c project 6 d