At Mapplewell Primary School we teach reading through LIRA, a daily approach to teaching essential reading skills. This whole school approach to reading is taught daily from Year 2 to Year 6. Thirty minute sessions are allocated first thing every morning, allowing all pupils to be taught the necessary skills involved in developing comprehension and inference.
The LIRA approach helps pupils to develop comprehension skills based on Literal, Inference, Readers’ response and Author’s intent questions. Through this approach pupils are supported to develop the skills needed in order to answer different types of questions. High quality texts are utilised effectively with a focus on exposing pupils to a broad range of authors and developing vocabulary.
Through practicing these skills daily, pupils are able to develop their comprehension and inference skills as well as being introduced to new vocabulary which they are then encouraged to apply both orally and in their writing. High quality whole class texts are chosen to reflect pupils’ abilities and interests, focusing on a wide range of quality literature including: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Texts are read and introduced in small sections and pupils are supported in answering different types of questions through differentiation.