Reading is one of the skills that children learn to enable them to access the curriculum and the wider world!
At St Laurence, we promote and encourage a lifelong love of reading by developing an interest in and a love of books, encouraging children to become attentive listeners and independent and reflective readers.
The structured teaching of phonics, following Jolly Phonics in Foundation and the Letters & Sounds Scheme in Key Stage 1, provides a firm foundation on which to build reading skills. The use of a variety of teaching strategies aims to enhance a child’s motivation and involvement in reading. During shared reading sessions, the teacher models the reading process to the whole class as an expert reader, providing a high level of support. Daily guided reading sessions provide a forum for children to demonstrate what they have learned about reading in small groups. The teacher then has a focus for teaching new skills.
Classrooms have well stocked and attractive book areas providing both a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, reflecting cultures and gender. The children have the opportunity to choose and borrow books from the school library bus to develop their enjoyment of reading. On all classroom and office doors you will find out what the adults in our school are reading!
Our curriculum encourages children to share their work and their learning with their parents and we try to conclude our topics with special afternoons hosted by the children who invite their parents and carers to take part in the learning. These sessions have been valuable and enjoyable for children, carers and teachers and a fantastic opportunity for the children to show off their creativity.
Please click on the links below to see the Curriculum Overviews for 2020 – 2021.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2 Years 3/4
Key Stage 2 Years 5/6