Thank you very much to the Year 5 and 6 children and teachers at St Peter’s RC Primary School in Plymouth who have been using and reviewing The Reading Realm app!
Year group: Year 5/6
School: St Peter’s RC Primary School, Plymouth
What I like about The Reading Realm app:
Nearly all age ranges are catered for, helping teachers to identify suitable reading extracts to support, as well as extend, their children’s reading ability. There is a wide variety of text extracts, enabling teachers/pupils to be exposed to a generous breadth of child-based literature. Additional texts of interest are sign-posted at the bottom providing the ‘encouraging push’ in the right direction to (hopefully) remove the repetitive return to well-read, and well-loved, books. Each reading extract is explored in a number of ways beyond just ‘reading’ – key spellings are reinforced; comprehension questions are shared to show what has been retained; the importance of GPS in context is highlighted in The Rainbow Realm as well as in The Missing Realm. Mustn’t forget access to a range of literature types – fiction, non-fiction as well as poetry!
To summarise: the reading experience encouraged is immersive, deep, and more than just ‘reading’.
My favourite resource and game:
My favourite resource is The Quiz Realm. Straight away after engaging with the text, you’ve a pre-planned set of questions to gauge the level of understanding through the various reading skill domains (e.g. retrieval). This is also beneficial for homework: for a parent unsure who what style of questions to generate, the app provides a scaffold for what would hopefully be a continued, regular occurrence.
I put in the wrong day for the discount to end so it turns out The Reading Realm will be available for £1.99 today too!🤦🏼♂️🤣 Enjoy and make the most of it! #readingcommunity #Parents #readingforpleasure #kidlit #edutwitter #aussieED #teachers #teamenglish #readingrocks pic.twitter.com/Wcpfhqx7y2
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The impact on my class and teaching has been:
The Reading Realm is a go-to resource to promote a love of accessible reading at someone’s fingertips which highlights and exemplifies all the little intricacies of what reading can offer: an understanding of GPS; a deeper comprehension on vocabulary choice to infer a particular feeling or impression to name a few.
This is what the children say about the app:
“LOVE IT! I really like how you get to read different types of books and answer questions about them.”
“I’ve been able to read a bit of Abi Elphinstone even though I haven’t got her book yet.”
“I like how I can read non-fiction and answers questions using my knowledge.”
“It’s cool how you can do grammar and punctuation through your reading.”
Describe the app in three words: *accessible*, *engaging* and (a) *unique* (reading experience)!