Seeking Wit, Wisdom and Wonder through Reading.
A day conference jointly convened by Just Imagine and Herts for Learning.
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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 phase.
Exploring reading, knowing and learning. Professor of Education at the Open University, Teresa Cremin, 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? 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, which is set in Viking times.
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.
This one day conference is delivered through a collaboration between Herts for Learning and Just Imagine.