At Linthorpe Community Primary School we use a number of different strategies to promote a child’s love of books and encourage them to become confident, independent readers. Children are provided with many opportunities to read, enjoy and share books as well as being emerged in language rich environments with access to a breadth of vocabulary and print.
Building on the Read, Write, Inc programme, we have developed a rigorous and sequential approach to the reading curriculum which develops pupils’ fluency, confidence and enjoyment in reading . Our ‘Reading Fluency’ scheme of work develops pupils’ understanding of vocabulary and provides opportunities for children to hear and echo excellent models of reading at levels appropriate to their age and ability.
In English lessons each week, we explicitly teach reading skills. Our progressive reading comprehension scheme allows children to engage with a variety of text types, providing a structured approach to teaching and assessing across a range of reading skills (Content Domains). This provision is enhanced with a published reading programme, Schofield and Sims.
In years 5 and 6 we introduce Accelerated Reader, an online tool that allows teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. This system grades real books by difficulty and encourages children to choose a book from their allocated range. There is a quiz at the end of each book and intermittent tests across the year. The quizzes provide information for the class teacher so that we can match our teaching to your child’s needs.
Various additional reading supports are in place to help those pupils who are currently working below age-related expectations in reading or who struggle with specific aspects of reading. These include RWI phonics (Y3/4), RWI Fresh Start (Y5/6) and Lexia. Additional tuition outside of school hours is also provided to help children make the progress needed to become successful readers.