A curriculum designed for Lyme Community Primary School


Purpose of study

Throughout their time at Lyme Community Primary School children are provided with a variety of fun, relevant and engaging activities to develop, extend and master children’s ability to read and comprehend texts they have read. In order for children to become confident in each reading skill (Fluency, Comprehension, Deducting/Predicting and Vocabulary), children are encouraged at every opportunity to see reading as an interesting activity to undertake and to be motivated to see reading as a pleasurable experience.

Lyme also takes the opportunity to celebrate reading at every opportunity. We harness ‘World Book Day’ and ‘World Poetry Day’ at key times of the year to promote a whole school approach to developing a love of reading through a theme as well as linking this into writing.

Children have access to our School Library. The library is equipped with a wide variety of book genres that exemplify a variety of different age groups. This is with the intention that children will make use of this particular resource to help continue to satisfy their thirst for reading.  During playtimes and lunch times, children also have access to reading sheds located in the Infant and Junior Playgrounds giving children every opportunity to exercise their right to take ownership of their reading and enjoy even more books.

To ensure progression and exposure to a variety of authors’ styles, each year group has key featured authors for a half term’s focus depending on the length and variety of books. Time is allocated in each class for the children to listen to stories by the featured author. The class all then have the opportunity to access new stories by that author that are age appropriate and linked to their learning.

Reading is taught both discreetly and in line with other subject areas.  This is for two reasons:

1) Children at Lyme will have the opportunity when the subject is taught discreetly to focus on the development of the core skills of reading.

2) Children can have the opportunity to apply these taught skills in other areas of the curriculum when it is purposeful. A range of non-fiction, fiction and poetry is available for children to access for each topic- when the link between reading and the other subject is relevant. This helps children in particular to develop their vocabulary and understanding of key concepts.

The way in which we teach and support home learning of Reading at Lyme is tailored specifically to the needs of our children and wider community. Many of our children who start in Early Years require additional support in their language skills as they enter school at a lower level than other schools nationally. This is shown in their ability to speak clearly, their understanding of diction and general exposure to wider opportunities at home.  To help support the learning of reading at home, Lyme provides annual guidance on how to help develop children’s reading skills within their new school year, thus providing more opportunities for children to excel nourish and enrich their reading ability. Additional help is also given in the form of Parent Workshops that are delivered to help parents gain a wider understanding of curriculum expectations and how to underpin new learning opportunities and stretch children’s experiences with reading fluency and comprehension.

Pupils in Early Years start their learning in Reading by learning how to recognise the relationship between phonemes and graphemes. They start their learning in this area with the teaching of Phonics through the use of Letters and Sounds enriched by activities by Phonics Play. When children are becoming more confident in this area, they are taught how to put meaning to pictures and Phonic Phase appropriate sentences discreetly in small ability set groups. This begins to occur from the Autumn Term in Reception. 

In KS1 children continue their learning of phonics and are set according to Phonic Phase groups. These groups are fluid and children will be switched in order to be extended or supported. The teaching of phonics is paralleled from Early Years to ensure a smooth transition between Key Stages and Year Groups to ensure seamless transition. 

In Year 1, children have a weekly Guided Reading lesson with an adult.

This is continued in Year 2 with the introduction of a single skill focus in the Spring Term. In summer’s second half term, children begin to incorporate silent reading once a week to help with the development of independent reading and reading for pleasure. 

In KS2 the graduated approach to the READING GEMS is followed. Children participate in daily whole class guided reading sessions based on a class novel, extract or Cracking Comprehension text. Children take part in pre-reading tasks and a varied range of activities linked to a specific single skill focus each week and complete a multi skill focus each week to ensure that they are continually exposed to the full range of reading skills.  Children who are reading below ARE in KS2 have additional guided reading sessions with an adult (teacher and teaching assistant) and the reading gem approach is integral to this as it is with whole class guided reading lessons. Throughout all year groups, reading interventions will take place in order to extend and support children’s learning.

Assessment and Curriculum Planning

Here at Lyme Community Primary School we believe children should be taught to read by applying phonics to develop fluency as well as improve and develop their comprehension skills. In Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand of Literacy, though aspects of the different reading skills can be seen in all areas of the creative curriculum where applicable.

 In Year 1, pupils undertake the Phonics Screening Test in order to show whether their segmenting and blending skills meet the required threshold. Following this, children in Year 2 will sit two reading tests (SATs) to supplement the evidence for the teacher assessment. This is also compulsory in Year 6 where each child will sit a Reading Test in the May.

 To help track and monitor children’s progress, children sit reading tests (NFER) from Year 2 onwards in each assessment week (one in each term- autumn, spring and summer). In Year 1 and when suitable in later years, children will also be individually benchmarked with a running record and asked appropriate questions linked to the text read.  Children in Y2-6 are assessed 3 times a year using the Lexplore assessment tool to determine their reading attainment and identify intervention needs. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.

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