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St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

A member of the Derby Diocesan Academy Trust

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                                           St Laurence Church of England Primary School

Learning with love and laughter

Reading with love and laughter


Reading Intent

At St Laurence Church of England Primary School, we believe that the ability to read well is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners, during their time at school and beyond. As a community of readers, we appreciate that reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us.


We also know that reading for pleasure, curiosity and interest can develop our children academically, socially and emotionally.


Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum; therefore reading is given a high priority at St Laurence Church of England Primary School, enabling the children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature. This supports our children to concentrate, persevere and build their self-confidence.


Early Reading 



Bug Club

Our school has recently acquired a reading scheme called Bug Club that we are very excited to share with you. Bug Club is a KS1 reading programme that helps transform children into lifelong readers. As well as taking their normal books home (this will not change), your child will now have access to a range of eBooks via a personalised website. Bug Club works on PC’s, laptops and all tablet devices. We understand that with an ever increasing technological world, it is important to ensure that reading is still a priority for children, whilst also being fun and stimulating at the same time. Especially for children who may sometimes be reluctant to read.


More information about Bug Club and how to use it with your child can be found in the letter below:

World Book Day 2021

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The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and read by the St Laurence Team

Guided and Independent Reading 

Every day (excluding Friday which is Buddy Reading) a group of children participate in a Guided Reading session with the teacher and where possible, a second group with the Teaching Assistant in that class. When they are not reading with the teacher, children are given a purposeful activity to work on independently. This enables the teacher and teaching assistant to ascertain each child’s understanding of what is being read, and establish the pupils next steps.


Shared Reading

Each class has a daily Shared Reading session where the children all read a class book at the end of the day. Children take turns in reading and also listening to their peers and teachers. Spelling strategies are prompted and practised and teacher assessment is carried out through questioning of the texts.


Buddy Reading

There is also a ‘Buddy’ Reading system which is on the weekly timetable. Children from across the school visit their ‘buddy’ class. Each class splits into half; one half remains in their own class and the other half visits their ‘buddy’ class. This means that all children can partner up with another child from another class.


The aim of this exercise is for younger children to be able to read to and learn from older children whilst the older children are able to practise their reading skills on the younger children. This also adds a social element to reading and children find that they are able to approach and support others from different classes and Key Stages throughout the rest of the school day.