We want all pupils to leave with a love of reading. Research suggests that reading for pleasure is a key factor in academic success and achievement. We keep a well-stocked library that offers a wide range of books that appeal to readers of all ages.
Reading is taught in each class and pupils learn to read with intonation and expression.
All pupils begin by learning to read using phonics. As a school we are developing a whole class approach to the teaching of reading. We use letters and sounds as a basis to our phonic teaching and this is supplemented with other reading for meaning strategies.
A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.Neil Gaiman
In 2018 we began using ‘Write Stuff’, a lively and challenging way to encourage all learners to aim high with their narrative and non-fiction writing. This approach is embedded in all key stages and gives pupils a clear understanding of the written word as they progress through the school.
The English curriculum
Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
We teach grammar and punctuation through meaningful texts and by exploring how great writers engage and entertain their readers.
Initially, in our Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes, pupils learn to decode to read, and encode to spell. In Key Stage 2 pupils are taught spellings in line with the English National Curriculum 2014.
Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education and is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background.The Reading Agency