After lockdown 1.0, teachers reflected on spoken language skills being significantly weaker on return in September and this may again be the case to a greater or lesser extent.
In my experience of working with schools during spring 2021, there appears to have been a wide range of experiences / approaches to the teaching of reading for home learners. For many teachers, it was the last element of English to secure effectively. As always with reading, there was also variety of approaches from year group to year group. Therefore, it is even more important that schools re-establish starting points in reading on an individual basis and reflect on the journey children have had.
Give children a couple of weeks to recall prior learning and remind of expectations in spelling.
The intention is to create multiple open-ended tasks to challenge and uncover misconceptions, hesitancy of knowledge and unreliability in skills – to notice what needs to be taught again and ensure summer term learning journeys find a reason to teach the skill/s, by being highly receptive and adaptive to feedback from children’s learning on a daily basis.
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