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4 July 2024 in Latest news

Lammas Election

Today The Lammas School held a spirited mock election that saw enthusiastic participation from students. Despite eager students clamouring to exercise their democratic rights, the J11 Citizenship boys worked tirelessly…
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4 July 2024 in Latest news

University of Chichester Sports Workshop

Today, a select group of Year 11 and 13 students visited the University of Chichester for an engaging and informative sport workshop day. The event offered our students a unique…
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2 July 2024 in Latest news

Celebrating a Successful Drop Day

We are delighted to share the success of our recent Drop Day event, which proved to be a fantastic experience for our students. There was a multitude of enriching activities…
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2 July 2024 in Latest news

A Day in Finance at Bain Capital

Thirty Year 9 students had the exciting opportunity to visit Bain Capital, a leading investment firm and proud sponsor of City Year and our school. This visit came at a…
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27 June 2024 in Latest news

Bank of America Careers Session

A group of Year 12 business and economics students recently attended an insightful careers session hosted by Bank of America. This event offered an in-depth look into the banking industry,…
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19 June 2024 in Latest news

STEM Magic at the Big Bang Fair

Year 8 students recently enjoyed an inspiring trip to The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. This exciting event, dedicated to celebrating science,…
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18 June 2024 in Latest news

Celebrating Year 9’s Achievements

Today we welcomed Year 9 students and their families to school for a special evening dedicated to celebrating their Key Stage 3 achievements. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for…
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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.


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.


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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