Guided Reading

Intent of the Reading Curriculum at Lakeside

At Lakeside, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; through reading children explore far more about the world they live in and learn to appreciate the wonders it offers. Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum; we are committed to giving children opportunities to read frequently and widely. Therefore we have taken careful consideration of the genres, authors, cultures and themes children are exposed to. We cultivate the behaviours that they will need to be discerning readers and offer a range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers with a lifelong love of reading.

Implementation of the Reading Curriculum at Lakeside

The curriculum is delivered through synthetic phonics (RWInc), shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day.

Reading lessons happen daily and once pupils are proficient in early reading they progress onto our guided reading approach. In guided reading lessons, pupils will conduct an in-depth study of an age appropriate, challenging novel as well as non-fiction and poetry.  The novel studied in reading lessons is also used as our daily class book.

Throughout the week, a consistent pedagogical approach towards the teaching of reading is delivered, which consists of:

  • Reading for fluency;
  • Reading aloud and independent reading;
  • Text annotation;
  • Vocabulary work focusing on morphology and etymology;
  • Comprehension Skills linked to the content domains set out in the National Curriculum;
  • Reciprocal reading in small groups (a dialogic approach with a focus on predict, clarify, question, summarise).

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