Reading at LRS


When pupils have finished Little Wandle, reading is developed through an approach called ‘Book Talk’. This focuses on the key skills of reading and is underpinned by the ‘Reading Rainbow’ – a tiered series of lenses which represent the different competencies of reading as set out in the National Curriculum.

Pupils read for thirty minutes every day, in ability groups, and are exposed to a range of narrative, non-fiction and poetry genres. Over the course of a fortnight, every child will read intensively with an adult. This allows the Teacher or Teaching Assistant to make accurate assessments of pupils’ reading abilities.

A hallmark of the Book Talk approach is developing reading for meaning and oral comprehension. Adults encourage the use of ambitious, ‘high-utility’ vocabulary to support children in developing extended, oral responses to texts. This is supported by additional comprehension lessons as part of the two-week cycle, some of which are directly modelled by the teacher and others which are completed independently.

To encourage pupils to develop a love of reading and support our reading culture in school, every class listens to a text being read aloud by an adult for ten minutes each day.  This is usually a longer picture book or novel which enables pupils to follow an extended plotline and see how writers develop characters as stories progress. During the ten minutes of daily reading, adults ‘zoom-in’ on words, phrases and sentences and ‘wring them for meaning’ so that pupils see clearly how to think like a reader.

The objectives for reading and accompanying reading lenses can be found in the Progression of Skills document below.