At Laddingford, we believe that good reading skills start with good listening and questioning skills. Until children learn to read by themselves, we read them texts from a wide range of authors from different backgrounds dealing with a huge variety of stories and information. Discussion of and debate about the texts we read is a core part of our ethos at Laddingford. Teachers model the range of skills and the inner dialogue a reader needs to extract all the meaning from a text:
• Prediction - what's going to happen next?
• Questioning - what, where, when, where, who, how, why?
• Clarifying - what's going on here? How does it link to what's happened before?
• Summarising - what's happened so far?
• Inference - what does that imply? What clues have we found?
• Activating prior knowledge - what do I already know about this?
We use CLPE's The Power of Reading scheme and Pie Corbett's Reading Spine to ensure that we cover a wide range of quality, class texts. We also encourage all our staff to read and research widely and flexibly use any texts that they think will compliment our curriculum, creating a large archive of planning and texts that we can use collaboratively. Our current project is to boost the use and usefulness of our school library.
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