Just Imagine

Online Course: Teaching Reading at KS1 (9 sessions)


This online course is based on our face-to-face training but adapted for online delivery.

The course is delivered by Sam Keeley and Just Imagine consultants.

  • How do you ensure that children are active learners and are both emotionally and cognitively engaged in their learning?
  • How does research inform your choices in teaching reading?
  • Are you introducing pupils to high-quality texts that broaden children’s reading interests and provoke curiosity?
  • Is there a balance between teaching reading skills and developing deeper understanding and response?

This course examines a broad range of reading skills covering comprehension and inference making, fluency, vocabulary and the application of phonics in a literature-rich curriculum. Central to our approach is high-quality dialogue with individual readers, groups and the class.

Evidence bears out the efficacy of these approaches. The EEF writes ‘Overall, studies of oral language interventions consistently show a positive impact on learning, including on oral language skills and reading comprehension.’ Teachers have consistently reported this as a strength in our resource for schools, Take One Book. Although this course is designed to work independently of Take One Book, the underpinning research and application are consistent with the Take One Book teaching framework.

Areas of focus

  • Auditing and action planning
  • Developing teacher subject knowledge
  • the place of talk in the development of reading
  • Text-based teaching
  • Comprehension and inference skills for KS1
  • Application of phonic knowledge in a book rich curriculum
  • Reading fluency, assessment and teaching approaches
  • Developing readers - not just reading
  • The links between reading and writing (a two-way process)


Literacy/English leads, KS1 class teachers


  • 8 live webinars
  • Gap tasks with closed discussion forum
  • 1 Zoom session to consider next steps and action planning

Session 1

Tuesday 10th November

4.00 – 5.30

Auditing reading provision and devising an action plan (individual and whole school)

Session 2

Tuesday 24th November

4.00 – 5.30

Planning and teaching through text for deeper reading.

Session 3

Tuesday 8th December

4.00 – 5.30

Cognitively challenging talk to support a range of reading practices (including reading in a group and individual reading)

Session 4

Tuesday 19th January

4.00 – 5.30

A closer look at inference and how to teach it (coherence and elaborative inference)

Session 5

Tuesday 2nd February

4.00 – 5.30

Fluency approaches to meet the needs of different readers

Session 6

Tuesday 9th March

4.00 – 5.30

Tune in - applying phonic knowledge in a literature-rich curriculum.

Session 7

Tuesday 27th April

4.00 – 5.30

Ways to develop reading stamina, independence and reading for pleasure (including library management)

Session 8

Tuesday 11th May

4.00 – 5.30

Rethinking reading into writing

The date for Zoom session will be organised in the summer term.


£200 plus VAT

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