How to rewrite the rule book for reading lessons

Renfrewshire primaries have boosted literacy rates by focusing on individuals

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When Peter started primary school, he did not know what an elephant looked like or what a spade was.

“He couldn’t read and be engaged because of his lack of experience,” says his P1 teacher, Emma Richardson. “You take it for granted that children are having the same experiences you had as a child and are coming to school with the same knowledge as the rest of the class, but sometimes that’s just not the case.”

But then one day Peter came into school with a dinosaur. He knew everything about it: its name, what it ate and the names of a vast array of other dinosaurs.

Ms Richardson phoned ...

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