At Lambs Lane School we encourage a love of books and reading. We provide the children with opportunities to enjoy and share books with others. Each classroom has an inviting reading area with a wide range of reading materials to support all reading abilities. In addition, each class has a focused author and children are encouraged to read and share books by this author.

Teachers model reading strategies during shared reading sessions, whilst children have the opportunity to develop reading strategies and to discuss texts in detail during guided reading sessions. Independent reading provides time for assessment and 1-1 teaching. Daily discreet phonics lessons in FS and KS1 enable children to decode efficiently. This is continued into KS2 where necessary.

A range of reading schemes are used to support early readers as well as book banded books used for guided reading. Teaching assistants support reading activities to ensure that children have more frequent opportunities to read with adults.

Across the whole school, children take home a book from a reading scheme or a levelled easy chapter book according to their ability. Once children have reached the free reading stage, they can select books to take home, from well resourced, age-appropriate books in the classroom. In addition to this, children have the opportunity to choose a book from the library. Each child has a home school reading record and parents are encouraged to read with their child daily. Each week, the classes calculate a percentage for children that have been reading. The highest percentages across the school, are announced and celebrated in Friday’s sharing assembly.

We still encourage all readers to share a book at home with their grown-ups. We believe that this not only helps to develop inferential skills, but also supports a lifelong love of reading. Throughout the Key Stage children become more independent in recording what they have read in their reading journals.

Information is given on how to support their child in reading at curriculum workshops and parent evenings.

Children are also encouraged to take part in the Library Service Summer Holiday reading schemes and we have our own reading challenge over the summer break