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E.R.I.C.Time on Steroids

E.R.I.C. Time (Everyone Reading In Class)

I first heard about E.R.I.C. Time from Michael Shepherd (Headteacher at Hawes Side Primary in Blackpool) a couple of years ago. This strategy is used by many schools to promote the love of reading across different age ranges. E.R.I.C. time on steroids sees parents come in at the same time each week and read with their children in class. Mr. Hussain (our Year 4 Teacher) was looking to try and engage parents in his class and was up for this project. We decided to run this on a Friday afternoon from 3:00pm – 3:30pm and invite parents to come into school and not only read alongside their children but more importantly, learn about the different ways to question children.

We sent letters out and the very next day had 15 parents booking themselves in for a selection of dates over the next 6 weeks. Parents arrived for the very first session with smiles on their faces. Pupils were excited to see their parents in class and those pupils that didn’t have their parents with them shared an adult as adults were assigned two pupils. Assessment Focusses were shared with parents, in addition, they could take these home, both Mr. Hussain and I circulated modelling questioning. Parents were extremely  receptive to pointers and advice, they were even asking us quite challenging questions.

Here’s what some of the parents had to say:

“Learning how to read with the children really helps to develop questioning skills. My child really enjoys me coming in and is a lot more eager to read at home now.”

“This opportunity to come into school has helped me find out how you work with children in school and this has helped me at home with my child.”

This project has already proved successful in the first 4 weeks. We now plan to roll it out across school in the new year. If you want to promote a love of reading to your school community whilst educating parents in some current trends in education, why not try E.R.I.C. Time on steroids?

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  1. Bill Moody
    December 5, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    What a wonderful way to promote reading. Perhaps too often parents can feel left out by school because of jargon, time constraints, or the size of the organisation. The benefits of involving them are obvious and it should be more routine. We had a project I set up at one school where students would read with adults from a division of a company who had offices nearby. Having adults demonstrate the reading they did at work and taking an interest in the children’s reading for personal reasons made a difference. What I didn’t do was direct the questioning. Would love to hear more about this aspect of what you’re doing thanks.

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