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21 March 2024 in Latest news

Year 7 Visit UCL Grant Museum of Zoology

The Bio Robotics trip to the UCL Grant Museum of Zoology was an enriching experience for our Year 7 students. Through engaging exhibits and interactive sessions, students delved into the…
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8 March 2024 in Latest news

Griffin Science Symposium

Buckle up for a whirlwind of science and computer wizardry! This week has been a rollercoaster of excitement at the Griffin Science Symposium! Mr. Ahmed and Ms. Kalsi have been…
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7 March 2024 in Latest news

World Book Day

Today The Lammas School celebrated World Book Day. Students participated in a host of events organised by the school's literacy team. These included: ‘My Favourite Book’ assemblies, hosted by staff…
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1 March 2024 in Latest news

Celebrating the Tapestry of Our School Community on Founders Day!

Today all schools within the Griffin Schools Trust celebrated Founders Day. The day was marked by a series of engaging activities that brought the whole community together to celebrate our…
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9 February 2024 in Latest news

Basketball Success

Borough basketball competitions have come to an end and we have some high achievements to celebrate at Lammas. Our year 7 girls team placed second overall and the year 8…
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29 January 2024 in Latest news

Debate Mate

We are thrilled to announce that last week two teams from our school's debate group recently participated in the highly esteemed Debate Mate competition, showcasing their exceptional skills in critical…
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29 January 2024 in Latest news

VI Form Consultation

Dear Lammas Families We gave notice in November 2023 that The Lammas School, a member of the Griffin Schools Trust, had taken the difficult decision to consult on closing the…
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READING

Why Does Reading Matter?

At The Lammas School, developing our students’ reading skills is an absolute priority for us for many reasons:

Reading Across the Curriculum

As part of our commitment to literacy across the school, all subject areas promote reading, writing and speaking. Students are exposed to a wide range of subject-specific texts, which enhances their understanding of the curriculum and subject-specific vocabulary.

Reading for Pleasure

To celebrate our student’s love of reading, our students will enjoy National Poetry Day and World Book Day in assemblies and tutor times, as well as enjoying presentations from external speakers who are literary specialists.

Library

We have an excellent library with a wide range of fiction and non-fiction available to all students. New books are regularly purchased to ensure our students have access to the most up-to-date literature. Students are encouraged to request new books if they’ve started a series they’re enjoying.

Throughout the year, our experienced librarian promotes national reading challenges and competitions to motivate, challenge and improve students’ literacy skills.

Library opening times: 7.00am – 4.30pm.

myON

Students have access to this personalised digital library. This can be used both in school and at home.

Renaissance myON® Reader gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Titles are dynamically matched to each individual student’s interests, year and reading level. 

Prime Time

Reading for pleasure takes place during weekly Key Stage Three tutorial lessons and biweekly library lessons, during which students develop ‘reading communities’ and a shared love of reading. Furthermore, teachers are encouraged to share their current reads and recommendations on posters which are displayed around the school.

Accelerated Reader

Key Stage 3 students have 2 lessons a week that are designated to reading. We use the Accelerated Reader (AR) programme to support and monitor our students’ reading.

Students will complete a Star Reading test (an online multiple-choice reading test) four times each school year. This will identify an approximate reading age and reading level for books that students should be reading to make the most progress. Books within the library are marked with colours to show what AR level they are. There is a wealth of fiction and non-fiction books to choose from along with a plethora of articles and extracts to encourage reading. Students complete regular online quizzes to show their understanding of the texts they have read and house points are awarded to those students who make excellent progress.

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Reading Intervention

Reading Buddies: To develop some of our year 7 readers, some year 7 students are part of our reading buddies programme. Twice a week during form time, each of these students completes one-to-one reading practice with a VI Form volunteer.

Reading Role Models: For 20 minutes after school each Thursday, a member of staff brings along an extract of a text they have really enjoyed and shares it with the group.

Reading Trips: When the opportunity arises, we aim to get students out of school to see performances of books/plays they have covered in school. In addition to this, we invite travelling theatre groups to present live performances of texts such as ‘Macbeth’, ‘An Inspector Calls’.

Students complete an online reading assessment twice a year. Students who are significantly below their expected reading age participate in a variety of bespoke intervention programmes:

  • Ruth Miskin’s Fresh Start Read Write Inc: Selected students attend phonics sessions during lesson time.
  • Precision Teaching is delivered a minimum of three times per week for a period of approximately 10 minutes developing a student’s reading and comprehension high frequency words and subject-specific vocabulary
  • IDL intervention is a speaking computer-based multi-sensory system which supports learners with their literacy
  • Inference which is a group intervention for students at KS3 who decode adequately but fail to get full meaning and enjoyment from their reading.
  • Flash Academy is a programme which accelerates English language acquisition skills for EAL students

Reading at Home

Parents can play a vital role in promoting reading for pleasure at home. Here are some suggestions:

Useful Apps and Websites

Mobile phones are often seen as the enemy of books. But not necessarily! Here are some great apps and websites for supporting and encouraging reading:

Read the comic books that inspired your favourite super heroes and villains on the big screen!
Never be without a book – Kindle books you have purchased on Amazon will automatically appear in your app.
The app version of the award-winning, weekly British newspaper written for children and young people (aged 7-14), which is also available in print.
The app version of Britain’s fastest growing children’s magazine, written for 8-14 year olds. It’s filled with fascinating stories and information, written to engage young minds and encourage them to explore.
Provides a fantastic range of reading resources and advice.
An excellent website for identifying books that may interest your child.
Provides some great reading list suggestions, including the sorts of magazines your child may enjoy.
Provides some excellent advice and resources for supporting young people with dyslexia.
Provides reading material, advice, activities and competitions.

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