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Reading Schemes
At Lostock Primary School throughout our Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes we use Letters and Sounds and Jolly Phonics. These teach your children the skills they need to be confident readers and writers. As the children travel through the phases of Letters and Sounds, they will learn new sounds, build on their knowledge of existing sounds and learn spelling patterns. Please see our phonics booklet for more information.
Every child in school takes part in a group Guided Reading session at least once a week. These sessions build children’s reading strategies and teach children new reading skills. Children will take home ‘home readers’. These will be changed on a weekly basis.

We use reciprocal reading in our Key Stage 2 classes. During our weekly guided reading sessions your child may be part of a reciprocal read group. We use the key strategies above, encouraging the children to take a turn leading the group as well as each sharing their own ideas about the text.

In Reception and Key Stage 1, we use the Rigby Star reading scheme to support your child with their reading comprehension and understanding. We also use Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, which are phonetically decode-able and support the children’s learning in phonics.
As the children move into Key Stage 2, they will continue to bring home reading books from a range of books appropriate to their reading point.
For more information on how you can help with reading at home please see our reading leaflet.

What is Reciprocal Reading?

Reciprocal reading involves a dialogue between the class teacher/ teaching assistant and children for the purpose of jointly constructing the meaning of a text. It is a group activity where the leader first models a number of effective reading strategies which the children learn to use for themselves independently. It is an interactive teaching technique and is suitable for all readers. The strategies practised in reciprocal reading are: prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising. The group read short sections of a text independently and then discuss it as a group, building their understanding through dialogue.


The Key Strategies

Predict: What are we going to read about in the next section?

Clarify: Which words or phrases do we need to find the meaning of?

Question: Can we ask questions to help us learn more about the text?

Summarise: What are the main ideas in this section?

Please see the picture below for more information about the key strategies.


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