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.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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