At Lawns Park Primary School, we believe that learning to read is an essential part of every child’s education. As well as teaching children how to read, we aim to foster a love of reading in our children through exposure to exciting and challenging texts weaved throughout our text-based curriculum.
Learning to Read - Phonics
We follow the Letter and Sounds Phonics Programme to teach children to read. Through daily phonics lessons in Foundation Stage and KS1, children are taught to:
- recognise the sounds that each individual letter makes;
- identify the sounds that different combinations of letters make- such as ‘sh’ or ‘ay’; and
- blend these sounds together from left to right to make a word.
Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see. This is the first important step in learning to read.
Successful readers need good linguistic knowledge (vocabulary and grammar) and a broad knowledge of the world.
Everyday children throughout school receive explicit teaching of reading skills.
In KS1 and KS2 the sessions are broadly arranged as follows:
- Monday – Fluency sessions, making predictions and activities that focus on the vocabulary needed to understand the text
- Tuesday – Explicit teaching of a skill - Summarising and sequencing
- Wednesday – Explicit teaching of a skill - Retrieval
- Thursday – Fluency Focus . Explicit teaching of a skill - Inferring
- Friday – Opportunities to practise and apply the skills taught
Books are at the heart of school life at Lawns Park, and we want our children to discover their own genuine love of reading. To do this, we have in place a number of ways to show them that reading is, above all, fun!
- Daily Reading Pledge – every day, every class enjoy listening to their teacher read a book.
- Reading assemblies – Every Monday, the children have the opportunity to share in a poetry assembly, where Ms Ford chooses a favourite poem to read to them.
- Inspirational and interactive book corners – each classroom has an inviting book corner with specially selected books for children to borrow. Each class has devised a way of recommending their own favourites to their friends, including teachers!
- Library Book Chat – let’s talk about books. During library time, children can talk about books, to offer recommendations to their friends and to explore the library to choose their next great read.
- World Book Day – always a date to look forward to; this is when we get to celebrate our favourite books and authors
- Offering a wide range of texts – we know that children, just like adults, all have different tastes when it comes to reading, so we try to offer a wide range such as graphic novels, non-fiction, poetry and weekly publications such as First News
- Open Doors – Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 hold Daily Open Door Reads where parents and carers can come in to class to read with their children.
Reading at Home
Lawns Park Primary School are passionate about reading! We aspire for all children at Lawns Park to develop a love of reading and to become fluent and expressive readers who can independently unlock the magical worlds offered by books.
With this in mind, every week your child will come home with three books:
- A phonically decodable book
- A book band book
- A library book
Phonically Decodable Book
This is a book which is closely matched to the phonics learning that your child is secure at. Your child should be able to read these books independently without segmenting (sounding out) most words. These books need to be read as frequently as possible but at least three times during the week. This will help the children to develop fluency, pace and expression.
We will make sure that your child can read this book without adult help.
Colour Banded Book
This is a book chosen by your child from a selection of books at the Colour Band Level they are working within. This book may be more challenging, as the children will meet unfamiliar words including some high frequency which the children cannot sound out. You may need to help you child with this book.
This is chosen by your child from our school library. It is for you and your child to enjoy together. Encourage your child to talk about the book and join in where possible.
If you need any information or help then please come and speak to your child’s class teacher.
Lawns Park Little Free Library – Coming Soon!
Anyone can take a book and leave a book so they can get something new to read and share books that they love with our school community. We would like children to bring in a book in order to swap it on our launch day – you can of course bring in more than one book. The book or books should be in a usable condition; however, please remember you will be giving it away in exchange for fresh reading material – books will not be returned. We welcome books for adults too – the library will be open to all of the community!
We actively encourage members of the local community to work in the school as volunteer readers and their role is to hear children read on a one to one basis, within the classroom. They are an invaluable resource in supporting children’s reading at Lawns Park.
All volunteer readers are required to have a Disclosing and Barring Services check (DRB) when working in the school.
At Lawns Park, Y6 children can be trained to join the school Reading Buddy Scheme. A reading buddy is partnered with an early reader to help them to enjoy books and to support them on their journey to becoming a reader.
Recommended reading organised into age groups to help you select age-appropriate texts.
Age-appropriate advice for developing literacy skills.
Suggestions of books to read, age appropriate milestones and fun activities to do with your child.
DFE Phonics Information
www.booktrust.org.uk/search/#!?q=share%20books&type=All&sortOption=Relevance&pageNo=1 Book Trust - Books to share for all ages