Curriculum: Reading

At Lainesmead, our aim is for all children to become confident readers and just as importantly, that they develop a love for reading. We have been fortunate to invest in a new scheme in the last year which has been introduced throughout the school. We have also very generously been awarded a grant from the Foyles Foundation. With this money, we have been able to buy new non-fiction books for each class, closely linked to our topics. Each class has a reading corner, where children are able to choose a high quality book to read. Teachers read to the children each day and they also have the opportunity to read independently across the curriculum.

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 resources. 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. We teach reading explicitly during guided reading sessions – either in small groups or as part of whole class teaching. During this reading time, children are encouraged to talk about the books that they read, sequencing the texts and making predictions. We teach children comprehension skills through the use of pictures, books and film texts for both fiction and non – fiction.

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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Lainesmead Early Reading Intervention - Lainesmead runs a short-term programme for children who are starting to show signs of struggling with their reading. By catching them early we can get them up to the correct level of reading for their age. The Early Reading Specialist Teacher starts form the needs of the child, what the child knows already and what he/she needs to learn next and this different for each child.

Extra Reading Partners – This is a short-term programme supporting children with their reading strategies and comprehension (Early Year- Year 6) this intervention is run by trained teaching assistants and volunteers under the guidance of the Early Reading Specialist.

Reading Volunteers - Lainesmead has many Reading Volunteers who support our children with their reading skills to help Lainesmead children have the best possible future.

Reading Coach - (peer coaching and Year 6 coaches) Children may be given a reading coach to allow them to practice their reading skills, boosting their confidence. The coaches are trained and supported by the Early Reading Specialist.

For more information about the Lainesmead Reading Journey please click Here