We Are Reading

At St Luke’s we put reading at the heart of our curriculum.  We believe it is the key to open our minds and help us learn through challenge and enquiry.

  “The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr Seuss.

We are committed to provide a positive reading culture within our broad, creative curriculum and encourage reading for pleasure and enjoyment as well as learning.

We have an amazing, newly refurbished library here at St Luke’s opened by the award-winning author Peter Lynas. Each class can visit on a weekly basis to select/exchange books for home reading. The space is inviting and enticing and has created a place where children want to be to snuggle up with a book.

Reading areas in each class have been designed and created with the children and look fantastic! We love to see how the children use the space. Whether it be a story telling chair, a sofa for two, book boats outside or a reading garden, we ensure if children want to read there is a space for them to be. We are finding more of our children wanting to read a wider selection of texts and hold annual sponsored reading events to keep our reading material current and fresh.

We encourage reading for pleasure outside of school, so each class has a reading challenge set up and run by the class teacher. If you would like to know more about your child’s reading challenge, pop in and ask your child’s teacher. They would love to share it with you.

How do we teach reading at St Luke’s?

It is explicitly taught in all classes starting in the Early Years Foundation Stage right the way through until Year 6. If a child can read print that’s great but there is so much more to reading. Skills for reading need to be taught so children can infer, deduce, analyse, interpret, comprehend, empathise and so much more. Here is just a snapshot of how reading is taught in our school.

Reception

  • Phonics – Letters and Sounds program
  • Shared reading of big books
  • Story & Rhyme time
  • Access to reading material in continuous provision linked to a topic/children’s interests
  • Active Reading – adult led directed teaching and learning in small group. Children discuss the front cover, illustration, go on a book look through the selected text, listen to the story being read, respond through questioning, comments, shared experiences, discuss the text, locate HFE/Tricky words. This then progresses to Guided Reading in preparation for Year 1.

Years 1 & 2

  • Phonics – Letters and Sounds program
  • Shared reading of big books
  • Story & Rhyme time
  • Access to reading material in continuous provision linked to a topic/children’s interests
  • Guided Reading – teacher led activity in small groups. Teacher modelling reading and children using and applying phonics knowledge to decode and read simple sentences and comprehend what they read.

Years 3-6

Guided Reading continues in Key Stage 2 with Year 6 teaching reading through a whole class method.

With all of this in mind, we have pledged as a school to the local cluster that we will play an active role in planning and organising the next Reading Festival in 2020. The previous festival was a huge success and we are keen to keep the momentum going working alongside other primary schools in the Lancaster/Morecambe area bringing our children and families together in a shared love of reading.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

#getcaughtreading

Look for a Book

And of course, the biggest event of the year is “World Book” day so get your thinking caps on and start planning those amazing book character costumes we see year after year.

“If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books”. – Roald Dahl

If we are passionate about reading, our children will be too!

Please feel free to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher or myself if you would like to make any further suggestions or ask any questions.

Mrs. K. Goodwin
(English Lead, EYFS Lead, Reception Classteacher)

Testimonials

It’s a lovely community. We all feel like a part of St Luke’s family. My child loves her teachers and knows other members of staff. It’s lovely to walk into school and people know my child’s name and always say hello to her, even teachers from other classes or Mrs Armistead.

Parent

I know when I drop my kids off they are happy and safe and they both enjoy their time in school.

Parent

Thank you for not only teaching my daughter but also caring for her. She’s really happy at school and is making great progress in all areas of learning.

Parent

The staff have been so supportive of my child with Special Educational Needs. They are amazing and it makes me confident that my daughter is well looked after and if she has any problems they will help.

Parent of a child with SEND

The Reception Open Day really showed the school in a good light. The Headteacher showed us round and knew all of the pupil’s names. All of the children we met were friendly and polite but more importantly they were all smiling whilst learning.

Prospective Parent

Teachers are very helpful, friendly and approachable

Pupil, Year 6
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