Reading At LKPS
Since 2010 LKPS has been working hard to improve standards in reading. In 2010 LKPS was invited to become an ECaR school. Although we are no longer officially connected with the ECaR scheme, much of the work and ideas gained from our time on the programme are still used today.
You will not find just one reading scheme in use here at Lower Kersal as we do not subscribe to one specific scheme. At school we use real books to help our children learn to read. Evidence shows that our teachers now teach reading much more effectively. Books in school are book-banded to ensure that children have books appropriate to their need and level of challenge. Each book band is given a colour and this represents a different level. The books used for bands are from Oxford Reading Tree. Class reads, guided reading, storytime sessions and visits to our local libray all complement and support the work we do here.
Since 2010 school has spent over £25,000 on new books to read in school and at home. Here at LKPS we teach children to read through a systematic synthetic phonics programme based around Read Write Inc. Phonics is taught through a 'phases not ages' approach, meaning that children are grouped together according to their ability. This can mean some able Reception children work closely with pupils in Yr 2 or pupils in Yr 1 may work with pupils in Yr 3. Although this work takes a lot of planning and co-ordination we find that it is well-worth the effort as our approach seems to be working!
Here at Lower Kersal we beleive that children should experience a wide range of text types and authors. Every class has an agreed list of books which children must read. These are class-reads and school owns its own class sets of each of the titles on the list to ensure that teachers have access to them.