Reading is at the heart of our curriculum, and we aim for every child to develop a love of books and reading. We believe all children, from nursery to Year 6, benefit from hearing excellent books read aloud well. Our teachers select appealing, high quality texts for reading aloud, which draws children in, helps them experience the magic of books, and enables them to access texts which they cannot yet read independently.
In Early Years and at the start of Key Stage 1, we secure the fundamental basics of reading and writing though a systematic synthetic phonics programme using the Read Write Inc. approach, access to decodable books at the correct level for children’s developing phonics knowledge, and Love of Reading time where children work in groups to hear and discuss texts beyond their current phonic knowledge. Our aim is for children to begin Key Stage 2 with a secure knowledge of phonics and reading, and continue to work on their inference skills, thinking carefully about what they read and deepening their understanding of spelling patterns through high quality daily spelling sessions. A structured programme of guided reading give access to appropriately challenging texts and supports children to develop the understanding and inference that support comprehension.
We know that children’s understanding of what they read depends on their wider knowledge and understanding of the world. Our foundation subjects are planned to give children the solid, progressive and coherent knowledge of the world they need to access a wide range of demanding texts.
Where families have English as a second language or lack confidence in their own reading skills, we build their confidence to support their child’s learning and encourage reading at home.