Reading in School
“At Kirton Lindsey Primary School, we read because we want to!”
At Kirton Lindsey Primary School we aim to inspire children to become life long readers and to enjoy reading for pleasure, both in school and at home. Reading teaching is delivered throughout the school to develop comprehension skills through clarifying, questioning, summarising and predicting. In Early Years and Key Stage 1, a focus text is used to teach reading skills and strategies to enable children to become fluent readers and to reinforce their use of phonics. Children will also be encouraged to discuss a range of book types and comment on features such as character, plot and layout in order to develop their knowledge and understanding of text features. In Key Stage 2, greater emphasis is placed on developing a secure knowledge of text features and the ability to analyse, comment and discuss a range of genres.
Reading for Pleasure
Children in our school are encouraged to regularly read and share books at home. Children choose books from the school’s differentiated reading stock. Home reading books are aimed at increasing fluency and confidence in applying phonics skills and are chosen at a suitable level for the child’s reading ability. Children are encouraged to read a wide range of books and other materials in and out of school. To support the children as they learn to read and to help them develop fluency, we regularly listen to children read 1 to 1. This is carried out by the class teacher, support staff or our parent/carer volunteers from the school and local community.
We aim for children at our school to read because they want to and offer them a selection of reading environments, book areas and reading zones for them to enjoy the wonderful world of books. We provide the children with a wide range of reading experiences and opportunities to widen their reading preferences and tastes. To encourage reading, we use various incentives and awards, visiting authors and poets, House and school reading challenges, celebration days and performances. Adults in the school are committed to being reading role models and regularly read to pupils. The school also has a book shop which encourages children to save weekly to purchase books and build their own home library. The book shop is also used to reward children and classes for reading based activities.
From November 2018, the school will launch the Accelerated Reader – a programme of reading and assessment – to ensure children are reading with sufficient challenge. This scheme will support staff to help guide children to the correct reading material to match and challenge the children’s reading skills and with quizzes and assessment track the children progress in understanding of texts, number of words read and other key reading skills.
For more information please check out our Curriculum Policies page.
To find out more about reading in our school and support and resources for reading, please click on the documents below.