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Infomagic 
Lin Smith 
Liz Smith
What we know 
• That the English National Curriculum is 
undergoing change 
• That there is mention of NON-FICTION books 
...
Scotland - the Brave 
• Have had this sewn up for a long time 
http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/literacy_experie...
Northern Ireland 
KS3 Statutory requirements 
Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities 
•Managing Information 
•Thinking, P...
Cross-Curricular Skills 
•Communication 
•Using Mathematics 
•Using Information and Communications Technology 
and... 
In ...
The Welsh model 
But more of that later! 
Is also 
extensive
English 
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils: 
read easily, fluently and with good understa...
How we justify this 
NOT ONLY 
Because - the NC documents say we should! 
BUT ALSO 
Because - it introduces the concept of...
Key Stage 1 
Emphasis on phonics 
Practice at reading words by sounding and blending 
Teachers should extend student vocab...
Key Stage 2 
Pupils should be applying growing knowledge with both root words and 
exceptions 
They should be taught to de...
Opportunities 
to exercise choice in selecting books 
- being taught how to do so 
Although the latter forms part of the n...
Punctuation 
Grammar 
Spelling
“This may hurt a little” 
English language 
This will be assessed by exam. Students’ speaking skills will be assessed 
but...
Key Stage 3 
Aims 
promote high standards of language and literacy 
a strong command of the spoken and written word, and t...
And so… 
Pupils should 
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure 
and information 
acquire a wide ...
It doesn’t stop there 
They should be taught to write formal and academic essays as well as writing 
imaginatively. 
They ...
In fact the devil is in the detail 
Pupils should be taught to: 
develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read inc...
And specifically….. 
knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, 
grammar, text structure and ...
We also know 
That in all subjects 
Teachers expect students to be capable of some degree of 
writing
This could be anything 
Non-fiction 
oEvaluations 
oAccounts 
oDescriptions 
oRecords 
oExperiment write-ups 
oAnalysis 
o...
The Oword 
Ofsted are likely to make reference to their 2012 document 
‘Moving English Forward’ 
The following slides are ...
Ofsted now analyse the performance of different groups 
of students in the school. The groups include:- 
Boys v girls 
N...
Benefits of Reading for Enjoyment 
 Improves students’ reading ages 
 Improves students’ vocabulary 
 Improves students...
Assessing Reading 
• Higher order reading skills and knowledge, 
such as inference, appreciation of style and 
summary 
• ...
So... 
How can we use these specific 
references to information literacy 
skills and reading non-fiction/ 
information tex...
2011 
2012 
2013
Rationale 
Opportunities 
for Library 
 
Info 
Literacy 
skills 
Way 
into the 
curric-ulum
2014 
Voting opens 18 June 
& 
ends 18 September 
Winners announced 
at Bath Literature 
Festival – 
30 September
Pembroke School: 
The IBA in 
practice...
Welsh Education agenda 
revised National Curriculum for 
Wales (2008) 
 Focus on the learner 
 Reduced subject content 
...
IBA 2011 & 2012 
“Judging the IBA is ideal 
as it enables a scientific 
analysis of the book, 
developing pupils’ 
analyti...
2012: 
The Year of the LNF 
National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16589052 
A...
National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales
National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales
IBA 2013 
Mindmap of ideas 
for qualities of an 
effective information 
book 
Notes frame to record 
thoughts 
WWW / EBW f...
IBA 2014 
Lesson Starter : 
Parts of an 
Information Book 
 Marketplace 
activity 
 Blutack activity 
English: Year 8 
N...
IBA 2014 
More 
scaffolded 
response mat 
to record 
thoughts, 
keeping 
WWW / EBW 
element
Over to you... 
What’s your 
experience of the 
Information Book 
Award?
How can we demonstrate 
student progress in skills 
development?
Questions 
Blue Task 
Ways to assess 
Here is the answer. 
Daffodils are yellow. 
Here is a question. 
What colour are daf...
Links 
• http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/key_stage_3/statutory_curriculum_ks3.pdf 
• WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT (2008)....
Lin Smith Liz Smith 
Liz Smith 
Librarian 
Pembroke School 
Email: liz[at]lizsmith.info 
Twitter: @psliz(personal)/ 
@psli...
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Infomagic: Unlocking the wonders of information books - practical strategies for their use and enjoyment. Lin and Liz Smith, optional session, SLA Weekend Course, Manchester 2014

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  1. 1. Infomagic Lin Smith Liz Smith
  2. 2. What we know • That the English National Curriculum is undergoing change • That there is mention of NON-FICTION books throughout the new guidance • That the Scottish and Welsh models already have this embedded in their literacy strategies
  3. 3. Scotland - the Brave • Have had this sewn up for a long time http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/literacy_experiences_outcomes_tcm4-539998.pdf
  4. 4. Northern Ireland KS3 Statutory requirements Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities •Managing Information •Thinking, Problem-solving & Decision-making •Being creative •Working with others •Self-management
  5. 5. Cross-Curricular Skills •Communication •Using Mathematics •Using Information and Communications Technology and... In addition to Writing, and Talking & Listening, includes Reading http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/key_stage_3/statutory_curriculum_ks3.pdf
  6. 6. The Welsh model But more of that later! Is also extensive
  7. 7. English The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils: read easily, fluently and with good understanding develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
  8. 8. How we justify this NOT ONLY Because - the NC documents say we should! BUT ALSO Because - it introduces the concept of book navigation which is important training for higher level study Because – it engages the child who hasn’t yet found stories to enjoy Because – it enables the teacher or librarian to assess progress in the child’s ability to absorb, assimilate and use information http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0001/9202/Curriculum_Review_and_Planning_Tool.pdf
  9. 9. Key Stage 1 Emphasis on phonics Practice at reading words by sounding and blending Teachers should extend student vocabulary by explaining meanings Reading Pupils should be taught to Develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read….. listen and discuss wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction Familiarity with fairy stories and traditional tales Appreciate rhymes and poems learning some by heart Writing Children should be able To name the letters of the alphabet Add prefixes and suffixes
  10. 10. Key Stage 2 Pupils should be applying growing knowledge with both root words and exceptions They should be taught to demonstrate positive attitudes to reading reading differently structured books using dictionaries increasingly wide range …including fairy stories, myths & legends themes and conventions Also prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform retrieve and record information from non-fiction They are expected to be able to both evaluate and edit their work
  11. 11. Opportunities to exercise choice in selecting books - being taught how to do so Although the latter forms part of the non-statutory guidance the use of contents pages and indexes is also mentioned. By Years 5 and 6 children should be -planning their writing and identifying their audience -proof reading for spelling and punctuation errors
  12. 12. Punctuation Grammar Spelling
  13. 13. “This may hurt a little” English language This will be assessed by exam. Students’ speaking skills will be assessed but, as with current GCSEs, will not contribute to the overall grade. The assessment will be marked by teachers and reported separately, alongside the qualification grade on the certificate. Twenty per cent of the marks for the written exams will be allocated to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. English literature This will be assessed wholly by exam. Five per cent of the marks will be allocated to accurate spelling, punctuation and grammar. ofqual.gov.uk/documents/summary-on-reforms-to-gcses-from-2015/
  14. 14. Key Stage 3 Aims promote high standards of language and literacy a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. read easily, fluently…
  15. 15. And so… Pupils should develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
  16. 16. It doesn’t stop there They should be taught to write formal and academic essays as well as writing imaginatively. They should be taught to write for a variety of purposes and audiences across a range of contexts. They should build up an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. Teachers should show pupils how to understand the relationships between words. Pupils should be taught to control their speaking and writing consciously. They should understand and use age appropriate vocabulary. It is important that pupils learn the correct grammatical terms in English and that these terms are integrated within teaching.
  17. 17. In fact the devil is in the detail Pupils should be taught to: develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently through: reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including in particular whole books, short stories, poems and plays with a wide coverage of genres, historical periods, forms and authors. The range will include high quality works from: English literature, both pre -1914 and contemporary, including prose, poetry and drama Shakespeare (two plays) seminal world literature choosing and reading books independently for challenge, interest and enjoyment. Re-reading books encountered earlier to increase familiarity with them and provide a basis for making comparisons. understand increasingly challenging texts
  18. 18. And specifically….. knowing how language, including figurative language, vocabulary choice, grammar, text structure and organisational features, present meaning recognising a range of poetic conventions and understanding how these have been used studying setting, plot, and characterisation, and the effects of these understanding how the work of dramatists is communicated effectively through performance and how alternative staging allows for different interpretations of a play making critical comparisons across texts studying a range of authors, including at least two authors in depth each year
  19. 19. We also know That in all subjects Teachers expect students to be capable of some degree of writing
  20. 20. This could be anything Non-fiction oEvaluations oAccounts oDescriptions oRecords oExperiment write-ups oAnalysis oLetters (persuasive, informative) oShort answers using technical vocabulary oEssays
  21. 21. The Oword Ofsted are likely to make reference to their 2012 document ‘Moving English Forward’ The following slides are taken and adapted from an original presentation by kind permission of Dave Woodhouse http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/moving-english-forward
  22. 22. Ofsted now analyse the performance of different groups of students in the school. The groups include:- Boys v girls Non FSM v FSM EAL Vulnerable children (CLA plus FSM) SEN  There are two cross-curricular aspects that Ofsted look at:-  SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) aspects of school life  Literacy (Reading, Writing, Communication) and Numeracy
  23. 23. Benefits of Reading for Enjoyment  Improves students’ reading ages  Improves students’ vocabulary  Improves students’ confidence and self esteem that they are readers  Improves students’ general knowledge  Contributes to students’ emotional development - SMSC
  24. 24. Assessing Reading • Higher order reading skills and knowledge, such as inference, appreciation of style and summary • How familiar pupils are with a range of texts and authors • Pupils’ attitudes to, and enjoyment of, reading
  25. 25. So... How can we use these specific references to information literacy skills and reading non-fiction/ information texts to our advantage in school libraries?
  26. 26. 2011 2012 2013
  27. 27. Rationale Opportunities for Library  Info Literacy skills Way into the curric-ulum
  28. 28. 2014 Voting opens 18 June & ends 18 September Winners announced at Bath Literature Festival – 30 September
  29. 29. Pembroke School: The IBA in practice...
  30. 30. Welsh Education agenda revised National Curriculum for Wales (2008)  Focus on the learner  Reduced subject content  Increased focus on skills development, integrated into the curriculum Skills Framework for 3-19 Year-Olds in Wales (2008)  Underpins revised curriculum  Thinking, Communication, ICT, Number  Specific information literacy skills included Skills explicit But - not statutory! in lesson plans
  31. 31. IBA 2011 & 2012 “Judging the IBA is ideal as it enables a scientific analysis of the book, developing pupils’ analytical and investigative skills to examine how the information is presented and written.” Lyned – Science teacher “IBA judging engages pupils in a collaborative reading activity, which gives context for the work on NF texts done in class.” Catherine – English teacher
  32. 32. 2012: The Year of the LNF National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16589052 Aim: to improve literacy & numeracy levels in Wales  Introduced in 2012  Statutory curriculum requirement since September 2013  Statutory assessment requirement from September 2014  All subjects expected to include literacy & numeracy elements to SoWs Literacy strands: Reading; Writing & Oracy across the curriculum
  33. 33. National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales
  34. 34. National Literacy & Numeracy Framework Wales
  35. 35. IBA 2013 Mindmap of ideas for qualities of an effective information book Notes frame to record thoughts WWW / EBW format
  36. 36. IBA 2014 Lesson Starter : Parts of an Information Book  Marketplace activity  Blutack activity English: Year 8 Non-Fiction Reading SoW September 2014 “Fun, motivating and purposeful!”  Revised lesson plan  LNF explicit Sîan – Y7 Skills teacher
  37. 37. IBA 2014 More scaffolded response mat to record thoughts, keeping WWW / EBW element
  38. 38. Over to you... What’s your experience of the Information Book Award?
  39. 39. How can we demonstrate student progress in skills development?
  40. 40. Questions Blue Task Ways to assess Here is the answer. Daffodils are yellow. Here is a question. What colour are daffodils?
  41. 41. Links • http://www.nicurriculum.org.uk/docs/key_stage_3/statutory_curriculum_ks3.pdf • WELSH ASSEMBLY GOVERNMENT (2008). Skills Framework for 3-19 Year-Olds. Cardiff: Welsh Assembly Government. • http://wales.gov.uk/dcells/publications/curriculum_and_assessment/arevisedcurriculu mforwales/skillsdevelopment/SKILLS_FRAMEWORK_2007_Engli1.pdf?lang=en • http://www.educationscotland.gov.uk/Images/literacy_experiences_outcomes_tcm4- 539998.pdf • https://www.gov.uk/schools-colleges/curriculum-qualifications • http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/assets/0001/9202/Curriculum_Review_and_Pla nning_Tool.pdf • http://ofqual.gov.uk/documents/summary-on-reforms-to-gcses-from-2015/
  42. 42. Lin Smith Liz Smith Liz Smith Librarian Pembroke School Email: liz[at]lizsmith.info Twitter: @psliz(personal)/ @pslib (Library) Lin Smith Librarian Ecclesbourne School Email: liblintra[at]gmail.com Twitter: @smith_lin

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