Pupils who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skillful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this fun and busy workshop.

Workshop Description

To be a young person in the 21st century is to read for pretty much every waking hour of the day - so those who tell us they don’t like “reading” are always amazed when they realise quite how much skilful reading they’ve accomplished by the end of this workshop!

From inference and deduction to skimming and scanning, from previewing to predicting and from context to content, CSI: Reading Skills makes no bones in drawing connections between the everyday skills required to interpret infographics and play computer games and those required to delve into more formal texts.

Specifically designed to support pupils in making those connections between different ways of “reading”, CSI: Reading Skills sees them working in small teams to help out in a time of national emergency – because a briefcase containing some Top Secret plans was discovered on the 8.42 to Little Padworth, destined for an Enemy Power. The only clues to the identity of the traitor are to be found in a pile of old train tickets, recipe, book reviews and faded photographs. If “read” correctly, however, they’ll allow the pupils to discover who took the plans and why. KS1 pupils will travel to Storyland and use their reading skills to work out who it is that's been sending secret messages to the Big Bad Wolf!  

Exploring: generic and transferable “reading” skills; the roles of speculation, inference and deduction in reading.

"Many of the students involved said it was one of their favourite parts of the week! I will be recommending As Creatives to colleagues in other departments and schools without a doubt and I very much hope to be able to include you in our literacy week next year." Head of English, The Kingsway School

"I was totally in awe of your ability to engage the students; it has really given me food for thought with respect to how to introduce reading skills across our department (I think I have learned as much as the students!)." St Michael’s in Aylesbury

Literacy
KS1-KS3 / P1 - S3
1 hour, or more - multiple sessions per day
Suitable for up to 30 pupils at a time
Classroom

FAQs

How many pupils can take part?

Each CSI: Reading Skills workshop can accommodate up to 30 pupils. We will work with you to plan a timetable to suit your school day, based on the number of classes you would like to take part - up to 5.

What is the format of the day?

These workshops have been designed to be shortened and extended according to the time available, so there is some flexibility on the timings. We will work with you to plan a timetable to accommodate the number of classes you would like to include, based around the timings of your school day. You might opt to have 5 x 1-hour workshops, 4 x 75-minute workshops, or 3 x 90-minute workshops, for example.

 

 

Are there any technical requirements?

Your visitor will need access to a laptop/ screen/projector set up in the classroom. 

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