#1MinCPD: Happy World Book Day

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How can we ‘big up’ books?

The reality is, encouraging pupils to read is perhaps now harder than it has ever been. Picking up a book when technology is so readily available is certainly a challenge! Try keeping the love for reading alive in your classroom this World Book Day by providing pupils time to ‘big up books’.

Big Up Books

  • Firstly, have a book to hand that you want to big up.
  • Model to the pupils how to big up the book. Share a key extract or line or summarise a great part of the text.
  • Talk about how amazing the book is and why it makes you feel this way. Exude passion!
  • Ask pupils to big up a book they love to their partner, really selling it and giving specific examples as to why it’s so entertaining.
  • Ask a couple of pupils to big up their book to the whole class.
  • The pupil who bigs up their book can then choose a peer to lend their book to.

Why is it a good strategy?

Although this is a great idea for World Book Day, try and implement it all year round! Keeping talk about books a regular experience in your classroom will keep reading at the front of pupils’ minds and show them that reading is something worthwhile.

Tip

Try inviting a colleague or visitor to come and big up their best book to your class. Showing adults as readers will encourage children aspire to read too.

Hanna Beech

Hanna Beech has been teaching for ten years and has a range of experience across Key Stages 1 and 2 in a large Primary School in Kent. She is a phase leader for Years 3 and 4, and also leads on teaching and learning for the setting. Her absolute passion is pupil wellbeing and involvement, and finding ways to ensure that learning is optimised for all. She is fascinated by all subjects relating to education, but spends a lot of time reading around the science behind learning and the learning brain.

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