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Lydeard St Lawrence Community Primary School



We use every opportunity there is to support children’s reading skills and comprehension, and we teach them to develop a love of reading.

Developing a love of reading in children requires a wide, language-rich curriculum and classroom environment that immerses children in books and stories. All classes have an appealing designated book corner to encourage this.

We use the Accelerated Reader scheme which allows us to closely monitor and check the match of the book to the child to ensure progress and challenge.

Guided Reading

Children will have the chance to encounter a wide range of genres, some of which will be unfamiliar. Amongst other things guided reading helps to improve their discrete reading and comprehension skills, broadens their experience, helps them to form opinions about books and authors, and gives them the opportunity to use literary language.

The teaching of guided reading will include both teaching input and pupil activities, with a balance between whole class, guided group work, paired and individual work. Children, along with guidance from the class teacher, will self-select their need for support and challenge level and may work in mixed or ability groups according to the intended learning outcome.

Guided reading will take place at least 3 times a week.

Reading Books

In Key Stage 1, Children will be provided a carefully matched phonics book as well as a self-chosen reading book. Children are expected to read to an adult read a minimum of 5 times a week.

In Key Stage 2, children will continue through the Accelerated Reader scheme.