Derby Research School - Literacy Across the Primary Phase - 2021/2022
Each session will include:

Key research insights from three EEF Literacy Guidance Reports: Preparing for Literacy, Improving Literacy in KS1 and Improving Literacy in KS2
A focus on diagnostic assessment and teaching approaches to support our most vulnerable learners to make progress
Practical implications to support implementation
Case studies from schools affiliated with Derby Research School

Session 1 – 13th September 2021
Morning Session 10.00 – 12.15: Speaking and Listening Approaches to Support Learners Underpinned by the research which emphasises the importance of speaking and listening across the primary years, the session will explore assessment tools and teaching approaches for each phase. What works well to support young learners to engage in conversation, be active listeners and articulate their learning?

Afternoon Session 12.45-3.00pm: Vocabulary across the Primary Phase The importance of vocabulary is at the heart of the session as research indicates that a rich vocabulary has a powerful impact on learning. We draw on research insights to support you to implement the explicit teaching of vocabulary throughout school - the tiers framework developed by Isabel Beck et al and cognitive load theory – and explore practical approaches to embed the teaching of vocabulary in daily practice.


Session 2 – 23rd September 2021
Morning Session 10.00 – 12.15: Developing Skilled and Motivated Readers with a Spotlight on Phonics in EYFS and KS1 To begin, we will consider: how can we encourage motivated, enthusiastic readers who are eager to learn to read and to read to learn? Then, we will focus on the ‘Word Recognition’ strand of Scarborough’s Reading Rope to explore the effective teaching of phonics in the EYFS and KS1.

Afternoon Session 12.45-3.00pm: Comprehension and Fluency Across the Primary Phase This session is based on the ‘Language Comprehension’ strand of Scarborough’s Reading Rope and on the far end of the rope – reading fluency. We will explore approaches to support pupils of all ages to gain meaning from texts, from our youngest learners enjoying shared reading experiences to Year 6 pupils demonstrating their comprehension skills through writing under timed conditions.

Session 3 – 7th October 2021
Morning Session 10.00 – 12.15: Developing Skilled and Motivated Writers with a Spotlight on Composition Firstly, we will explore approaches which aim to support a culture of motivated and engaged young writers through developing a love of writing. Then, we will consider the complexities involved in acquiring writing skills, considering Berninger et al’s Simple View of Writing, underpinned by cognitive science around working memory and automaticity. We will then zoom in on different aspects which make up the composition of writing such as planning, revising and publishing, and how they can be effectively taught across the school.

Afternoon Session 12.45-3.00pm: Transcription: Spelling, Handwriting and Feedback This session continues our discussion about the complexities of writing with a focus on developing pupils’ transcription skills of spelling and handwriting so they can write with confidence and fluency. We will consider insights from the recently published EEF Guidance Report ‘Teacher Feedback to Improve Pupil Learning’ alongside practical strategies to explore how we can guide young writers to develop their skills.



Who: Primary Curriculum Leaders, Literacy Leads, Classroom Teachers, Senior Leaders
Venue: Portland Spencer Academy
Facilitators: Michelle Garton, Vice Principal & English SLE & Nicola O’Donnell, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Consultant

Cost: £295 or £50 a module
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