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Reading in Lessons

Whole Class Reading

‘…when teachers read aloud to their classes, the best reader in the room breathes life into the text by modelling fluency, creating meaning, and adding drama. Reading aloud to students also communicates a love and a passion for great books. Perhaps most important, it allows students to access a text well beyond what they can read on their own.’ - Doug Lemov

During the time designated by the school for whole class reading, all teachers must prioritise the reading of the identified text over any other activity. Shared reading should be perceived as equally as important an activity as any other lesson or curriculum activity. A reading curriculum has been carefully developed for every year group, which includes literature which has been selected for its age appropriateness, contextual relevance and engaging themes. It is important that the evidence-informed practice outlined below is followed in every session.