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Our Reading Spine Rationale:

At Thameside we teach children both how to learn to read and to read to learn. Learning to read focuses primarily on the phonics skills of the children and being able to decode and blend sounds to read. This also includes alien words and high frequency words. Reading to Learn focuses primarily upon the reciprocal reading skills children require to read for pleasure and to develop subject knowledge. These reciprocal reading skills are taught explicitly in our daily guided reading lessons, in groups or whole class. We plan our English lessons around high quality core texts, which also link to the topics and themes for that term. 

We have identified two key anchor texts for every topic taught in a year group – one for guided reading and one for English lessons. We have ensured our selected texts represent a wide range of diversity in both authors and protagonists and are engaging to encourage a love for reading. A diet of fiction and non-fiction is promoted within our Reading Spine.

We have researched many different reading spine templates and, on the recommendation of the local authority, we have based the Thameside Reading Spine on that of Mrs H  with consideration of the key principles from ‘Reading Reconsidered’ by Doug Lemov.

At Thameside, we continue to focus on making links across the curriculum and to each year group’s key concepts e.g. conflict in year 6, and this is reflected in our Reading Spine.

For more information on how our Reading Spines work, please download the document 'how it works' below. Thank you!