In order to build on the strong foundation formed through our early reading approach where phonics is prioritised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. It is paramount that once these skills are embedded children are exposed to comprehension skills drawing on linguistic knowledge and on knowledge of the world. In order to address this, we have developed the LIRA approach.
LIRA sessions ensure comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. We continue to develop the fluency of our readers by incorporating a variety of reading approaches including: teacher model read, partner read, volunteer read, independent read and teacher read pen-tap.
Finally, we ensure children are exposed to a balance diet of reading skills by covering age appropriate literal, inference, reader response and authorial intent objectives.