We aim to foster a love of books and reading with the children, which will lead to lifelong pleasure.
Reading is a life skill and a key focus for our children from Nursery to Year 6.
Our aims are:
- To foster an interest in books and reading for pleasure, including enjoying a wide variety of texts such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
- To ensure children can read with confidence, accuracy, fluency and understanding.
- To become independent readers, transferring their skills across the curriculum.
- To develop their powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness, as well as increasing both their written and oral vocabulary.
Our English curriculum is centred around a high-quality text to inspire and engage. Where appropriate, the texts used link and complement our topics and a range of texts are painstakingly chosen to engage even the most reluctant reader.
Reading is taught in specific reading and English lessons but children are practising and using their reading constantly across all subjects too. This includes reading for pleasure – including poetry – and real reading of non-fiction. We have author boxes in the classrooms to ensure children have exposure to different styles and genres and we use the library service to ensure access to purposeful and topic related non-fiction and poetry. We also promote a love of reading through regularly visits to our community library and have visiting authors and illustrators into school.
As well as daily English lessons, children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One access daily phonics sessions to develop the basic skills necessary for reading and writing. Where appropriate, children in Key Stage 2 also continue to access phonics intervention.
We use a synthetic phonics programme to teach reading called ‘Read Write Inc’, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics), and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.
As children progress and can decode fluently they will work on their comprehension, vocabulary, writing, critical thinking and discussion skills and grammar – in a fun and meaningful way.
We have a range of reading books available for school and home reading. These are supplemented by the Collins Big Cat E-Library and Reading Plus to improve children’s fluency, reading speed, vocabulary and comprehension.
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