The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:
- word reading
- comprehension (both listening and reading)
At Lammack, we intend to focus on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions. Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why we have such an early emphasis on phonics in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum.
Reading widely and often, increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. At Lammack, we understand that without reading skills, the children would struggle to access other areas of the curriculum and in order to encourage a breadth of reading opportunities, we ensure that children read texts linked to the foundation subjects. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We intend for all of our pupils to be able to read fluently and with confidence by the time they leave Lammack.
Reading at home with children is extremely important in helping them develop a real love of books. We encourage parents to listen to their children read at home every day.
As well as the books we use in school, we also supplement books at school and home through the use of Collins Big Cat eBook library. Here children can access over 1000 levelled eBooks.