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.

We aim for children at our school to read because they want to. 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. We periodically invite a local pop-up bookshop into our school hall. Adults in the school are committed to being reading role models and regularly read to pupils. 

Our fluent readers use Accelerated Reader – a programme of reading and assessment – which ensures they read with sufficient challenge. This scheme supports staff to help guide children to the correct reading material to match and challenge the children’s reading skills. Quizzes and assessments track the children progress in understanding of texts, number of words read and other key reading skills.