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Curriculum: Reading

 

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How we teach Reading at Lainesmead

Children at Lainesmead are taught in Early Years and Key Stage One to decode words through applying their phonic skills as well as recognising words by sight. Phonics is taught through the scheme 'Song of Sounds,' a Collins produced resource. Furthermore, the reading scheme used by the school is Collins 'Big Cat' which has a mixture of fully phonically decodable books as well as books for children to read using common exception words learnt and phonics. This scheme is extended throughout the school.

 

At Lainesmead, we use a whole book as the basis for our lessons. This book is carefully selected to take into account the class topic and the age and appropriateness for the children. Opportunities will be planned for children to deepen their knowledge of these texts through a range of activities designed to provide children with appropriate and effective vocabulary. As part of each lesson, children will either read aloud to the class, read silently or listen to the teacher read. Children will be engaged during this time and will often be given a task to do to ensure that will enhance learning. A discussion led by the teacher will take place about the text and children will be asked to complete a written task at the end of each lesson. Teachers will also read with children individually at least once and fortnight and this will be recorded in reading logs. At the end of every day, every teacher across the school will read to the children from their class book.

 

In the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) children are given opportunities to:

  • Listen to the teacher read at least once a day.
  • Enjoy a range of stories and rhymes
  • Join in with repeating words/phrases and learn some familiar stories/rhymes by heart.
  • Change words to create their own stories and rhymes.
  • Read to the teacher or TA once a week.
  • Take part in daily phonics lessons.
  • Read both inside and outside the classroom in a range of contexts.

 

In Key Stage 1, Reading lessons are held on a daily basis and last for approximately 30 minutes. In Key Stage 2, Reading lessons will last 45 minutes. Each lesson will follow a routine:

  • Introduction of reading skill. This is taught through the visual stimulus of the reading monsters which are displayed and referred to throughout the lesson.
  • Vocabulary will be explicitly referred to and explored.
  • The text read either through children reading silently, aloud to the class or listening to the teacher read the text. If the teacher is reading, the children will often have a text marking task to complete.
  • Zooming in – this is where a skill is taught if appropriate and the text is discussed in detail (referring back to the skill being focussed on during the lesson through the use of the monsters.)
  • Children will complete a written task at the end of the lesson, given them the opportunity to show their understanding of the text and apply the skill being taught independently.

 

We are incredibly lucky to have a large group of wonderful reading volunteers, who regularly come into school to read with children. We also have peer coaching in place, where children support each other with their reading. We have a specialist reading teacher in school, who supports children to become confident readers. She also supports parents to help their children with reading at home.

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