Just Imagine

Online Course: Subject Matters – Disciplinary Reading in the Primary Curriculum


26th January 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, £75 + VAT (£90 inc.)

Subject Matters: revisiting the demands for reading in the curriculum

  • Are you reading enough appropriately challenging nonfiction with your class?
  • Do you consider the reading demands of the subject discipline when planning to use nonfiction texts?
  • Do your pupils have the skills for critical nonfiction reading, beyond the conventional information skills?
  • Is your school library stocked with up-to-date nonfiction that meets the demand of the current curriculum?
  • Nonfiction, perhaps more than any other form of writing, has been subject to the demands of education policy and the impact of new technologies on publishing.

This course focuses on the specific demands of reading and writing in subjects. Based on the findings of our action research project ‘Reading History’, we problematise some nonfiction practices before moving on to practical class approaches for teaching with nonfiction (and some fiction) in history, geography and science. We outline ways to build academic vocabulary for both content learning and processes, And, of course, we give some attention to the place of nonfiction in developing reading for pleasure. 


English leads, literacy leads class teachers

Key stage suitability



Participants will gain an understanding of the demands of subject disciplinary reading. They will have practical strategies for reading nonfiction in curriculum areas and knowledge of the range of up-to-date texts that can be used to support this teaching.

  • Areas of focus 
  • A quick review of different approaches to using nonfiction and the range of purposes 
  • Things to consider when choosing nonfiction for the classroom and for teaching 
  • Reading and writing in subjects
  • Building academic vocabulary 
  • Nonfiction and fiction working in tandem to build subject knowledge 
  • Nonfiction and reading for pleasure

3 live online webinars
Session 1 History          26th January   4.00 – 5.30
Session 2 Geography   9th February    4.00 – 5.30
Session 3 Science        23rd March      4.00 – 5.30

Course fees

£75 + VAT for all three sessions

Payable by invoice or credit card. Payment must be received before enrollment is completed and the place reserved.

Note: schools wanting to book this course for whole school training or multiple teachers should contact us by email as discounted package options are available. Email assistant@justimaginestorycentre.co.uk