A curriculum designed for Lyme Community Primary School


Subject Leader 

My name is Mrs Reid and I lead reading at Lyme Community Primary School. 

I believe that every child should be taught the skills to develop into enuthuastic  and confident readers both at home and at school.  Creating a life-long love of reading and books is at the heart what we do here at Lyme.  Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imaginaton and gives everyone the opportunity to develop new interests. 


Purpose of study

We know that developing a love of reading is one of the most effective ways to raise attainment as children who enjoy reading will achieve more highly right across the curriculum.

Throughout their time at Lyme Community Primary School children are provided with a variety of challenging, relevant and engaging activities to develop, extend and master their ability to read and comprehend texts they have read. In order for children to become confident in each reading skill children are encouraged at every opportunity to see reading as an interesting activity to undertake and to be motivated to see reading as a pleasurable experience.

Pupils in Early Years start their learning in reading through the teaching of Phonics. We use FFT Success for All as our scheme. Links to our scheme's Parent Portal are provided and includes practise books and support and advice for parents. 

In KS1 children continue their learning of phonics and are set according to phonic Phase groups. These groups are fluid and children will be switched in order to be extended or supported. The teaching of phonics and subsequent spellings (when children have completed the phonics programme) is timed across the school from 9am to ensure consistency and a smooth transition between Key Stages and Year Groups. Reading lessons linked to our phonics scheme start straight after the phonics and spelling sessions.

Through high quality teaching and learning experiences we will develop children’s skills and competence so that they are fluent readers who can read to learn.  Whole class shared reading is used throughout the school to enable all children to enjoy high quality texts and develop skills in reading comprehension and fluency.  Reading skills are continually developed through the wider curriculum.

Assessment and Curriculum Planning

Here at Lyme Community Primary School we believe children should be taught to read by applying phonics to develop fluency as well as improve and develop their comprehension skills. In Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand of Literacy, though aspects of the different reading skills can be seen in all areas of the creative curriculum where applicable.

 In Year 1, pupils undertake the Phonics Screening Test in order to show whether their segmenting and blending skills meet the required threshold. Following this, children in Year 2 will sit two reading tests (SATs) to supplement the evidence for the teacher assessment. This is also compulsory in Year 6 where each child will sit a Reading Test in the May.

 To help track and monitor children’s progress, children sit reading tests (NFER) from Year 2 onwards in each assessment week (one in each term- autumn, spring and summer). In Year 1 and when suitable in later years, children will also be individually benchmarked with a running record and asked appropriate questions linked to the text read.  Children in Y2-6 are assessed 3 times a year using the Lexplore assessment tool to determine their reading attainment and identify intervention needs. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.

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