One of the recognised ways in which pupils gain knowledge is through reading. When it comes to which texts to choose to supply this knowledge, the choice is vast.

    Great historical fiction, biographical narratives, and quality reference books all have the power to inform and delight.

    This conference aims to celebrate the full range of knowledge-enhancing texts available to teachers, even going so far as to honour this special subset of literature with its own categorisation: ‘knowlogy texts’ – those texts that are capable of imparting and developing knowledge. ‘Knowlogy’ texts have never been more exciting, or more relevant.

    With children being expected to read widely and deeply across all curriculum areas, now is the perfect time for teachers to refresh their understanding of what constitutes a quality text within this category, and how it can be used to foster excellent outcomes in reading and writing across the primary phases.

    Herts for Learning and Just Imagine are delighted to be working in collaboration to welcome teachers to a conference that is sure to be inspiring, informative and relevant. With guest speakers, Teresa Cremin, professor of Education at the Open University, and Janina Ramirez, historian, broadcaster and author of Riddles of the Runes: a Viking mystery, colleagues will be sure to leave armed with a wealth of exciting new titles that they are excited to share with their classes.

    A range of workshops will be available on the day, each aimed at enthusing a passion and knowledge for how non-fiction can be used to excite young readers and writers.

    Keynotes:

    Exploring reading, knowing and learning
    Delivered by Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education at the Open University

    Teresa will open up a space for debate around what we mean by knowledge and explore how our conceptions not only influence our text choices, but our pedagogic practice. She will highlight the significance of imaginative engagement, reflection and making connections in coming to know and understand.

     

    Does fiction play a part in developing a reader’s knowledge of the world they live in?
    Delivered by Janina Ramirez, Historian, Broadcaster and Author

    Academic and children’s writer Janina Ramirez considers this question, drawing on her academic interests, and her recently published children’s novel Riddle of the Runes, set in Viking times.

     

    Workshops:

    If you know it, show it
    Developing academic writing in the primary years
    With Martin Galway, HfL English Adviser

    Writers come in all shapes and forms, much like books. Providing a broad range of reading and writing opportunities opens up the world of the written word to our pupils. Being able to plan, draft and refine writing that sets out, articulates and elaborates on concepts, processes, and other kinds of domain knowledge, clearly and effectively, offers benefits across the whole curriculum and beyond.

     

    Knowing your Knowlogy
    Recognising challenge and opportunity in non-fiction texts
    With Penny Slater and Jane Andrews, HfL English Advisers

    Gone are the days of non-fiction texts being resigned to a dark and dingy corner of the bookshop. Now they sit in the limelight, with eye-catching titles and covers positioned front and centre alongside more traditionally popular fiction offerings. Penny will guide teachers through the daunting and delightful task of appropriate text selection, ensuring that chosen texts have the power to impart wit, wisdom and wonder, alongside equalling the designated challenge prescribed by the end of KS2 reading test.

     

    1066 And All That!
    Building historical knowledge through reading and dialogue
    With Nikki Gamble and Rachel Elvidge, Just Imagine 

    This participative workshop focuses on dialogic reading practices as a way of building knowledge. Using Just Imagine’s Take One Book framework, we will explore ways of supporting readers to develop deeper understanding and to build knowledge. We will specifically look at subject specific questioning techniques to initiate dialogue and the move into writing to help children examine their thinking.

     

    More than Information
    Knowledge Building through Text Comparison
    With Caroline Bradley and Sam Keeley, Just Imagine

    It is often assumed that nonfiction writing is principally concerned with fact and truth, but all writing is to a degree subjective.  In this practical workshop, we consider the strength of comparative text study for building knowledge. Participants in this workshop will receive a worked-up example and recommended texts for comparison across a range of subject areas.

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