Mrs Shaw is our subject champion for reading here at Lane End, and is part of the 'The World and Words' Curriculum Team. She has a clear vision for this area of the curriculum in our primary school and aims to ensure that every child will learn to read and love to read by being given enjoyable materials and opportunities for all types of reading thinking and learning, embedded in a systematic and progressive reading curriculum model within the ‘Lane End Milestones’.
She has thought carefully about the design of the Lane End reading and phonics curriculum, and wants children to both know how and when to use key reading skills. She wants their reading experiences to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to decode print, develop them as fluent readers with stamina for reading large amounts of text and to allow them to understand and interpret the information and messages they are being given through texts.
She wants their reading to enable them to understand the meaning of thousands of new words and allow them to become articulate writers and speakers equipped for the demands of their futures.
Our children will enjoy a wide range of text types including poetry, fiction and non-fiction. They will read stories linked to their interests as well as linked to new amazing topics they know much less about and this will support them to open their minds and maintain a joy in reading.
Mrs Shaw has planned the curriculum carefully so that phonics is taught systematically from Nursery upwards. Children access phonics sessions for as long as they need to so that they can be effective readers, regardless of their starting point. Phase 1 reading opportunities will be available well beyond the Early Years to support children in ‘developing their ear’ for as long as they need to. They will receive teaching on sight word reading too.
Children at Lane End are encouraged to read for pleasure and parents are supported, encouraged and provided with the means to read to their children. Mrs Shaw is passionate that parent support for reading is nurtured and enabled and parents are recognised as key supporters in reading success for their child.
Mrs Shaw wants the children at Lane End to be effective, engaged readers with a desire to read for pleasure. She works with all our teachers, so that they develop excellent subject knowledge in order that the children can achieve their potential.
She has embedded the Letters and Sounds structure that helps the children to progressively work through phonics skills, alongside Read Write Inc sound and picture cards to help their understanding. In Key Stage 2, this continues for as long as is needed. It supports children with phonics and spelling regardless of their entry point. Mrs Shaw has created a bespoke phonics programme to maintain interest for older children accessing phonics.
She has also ensured that our children build and develop their comprehension skills, and that they have a deepening understanding of the texts they read and share. Working and planning with the teachers, Mrs Shaw ensures that the children 'Take a Skill' and fully explore each comprehension strategy, and know when and how to use it to enhance their reading understanding and experiences.
Below is a sample of the Lane End Reading Comprehension and Phonic Milestones. The key objectives develop the children's knowledge, skills, understanding, and build and progress each year.
We are passionate about helping your child to become confident and competent readers as we know this will help them to access all other areas of learning, as well as develop a love of reading.
Here at Lane End we use a range of reading and phonic scheme resources to help your child learn to read and to understand how words are built for both reading and writing.
We follow a Letters and Sounds approach in the teaching of phonics. The main resources we use to develop reading skills are the Bug Club and Big Cat reading schemes, which we supplement with a wide range of other materials that will support all our children's journey to becoming readers. The reading books our children take home to do further practice are organised in challenge levels according to national book band colours.
We give our parents lots of additional information on how they can support their children in the use of these materials and with other wider reading activities at home.
Please look at the area of our website dedicated to reading, look at information on class pages and of course, speak to your child's teachers at any time for any help, support and guidance you may need.