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Lilleshall Primary School

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Our Approach to Reading


Reading is a skill for life that cannot be undervalued’ We see reading as key to our pupils’ future success. A ‘can do’ and ‘will do’ culture pervades and pupils are encouraged in a range of ways to aim high.Children with strong reading skills are more likely to succeed at school, achieve good qualifications, find a rewarding and enjoyable career - and even enjoy good health.  At Lilleshall Primary School we aim to develop a love of reading through actively promoting reading through inviting reading areas, engaging texts, staff sharing their love of books and displays promoting engagement and achievement. Guided reading time provides a range of opportunities to engage with books through drama, peer reading, listening stations and many other absorbing and motivating activities.



Small steps and effort are recognised and praised with a range of highly visual reward systems. We are ambitious for our pupils and intervention is provided for pupils who find reading more challenging. The school is committed to systematic phonics as the route to early reading skills. The school continuously reviews the materials available to pupils and there is a commitment to improving the quality of texts available to pupils to ensure they are engaging and motivational. Reading materials are colour coded so that progression is appropriate and children access reading materials appropriate to their development. The school uses a range of schemes and non-scheme books. This is supplemented by wider reading materials such as newspapers- ‘First News’ and World Wide access to information. In addition we purchase other reading materials, such as Barrington Stoke, to support our pupils with specific learning needs. The school is also uses ICT as motivational method of developing reading and has purchased I Pads to support this development. Reading is promoted across the curriculum to gain knowledge and understanding, such as retrieval skills in history.



Lilleshall Primary School pupils are consistently well above/above national outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2 and their outcomes are in the top 25% of schools nationally. Our pupils make a smooth transition to Secondary with the skill they need to be successful as reader across the curriculum.

School recognises the importance of high quality phonics teaching and its impact on children’s progress in reading. Extensive practice at sounding and blending will soon enable many children to start reading words automatically and in due course they will start recognising ‘chunks’ in unfamiliar words. The best route for children to become fluent and independent readers lies in
securing phonics as the prime approach to decoding unfamiliar words. For this reason the school uses a well-structured and proven phonic scheme called ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children will have daily sessions focusing on phonics and this learning will also be applied to other learning opportunities across the school day. In Year 1 the children complete a Phonic Assessment to ensure they are reaching the challenging targets set for them in their phonic development. Teachers and Teaching Assistance are trained to deliver the programme in an engaging and motivating manner. The children’s progress is then tracked and teaching is amended to ensure all children reach their full potential. There are additional intervention groups to support pupils who find the learning of phonics more challenging.


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
At Lilleshall Primary School we want all children to be encouraged to develop their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness through each curriculum area. For more information see the appropriate PDF document on the curriculum page.