As an Every Child a Reader school, we know that the greatest gift we can give a child is the ability to read. Ensuring that every child becomes the best reader they can be, is central to our curriculum. At Key Stage 1, there is great emphasis on the teaching of phonics and reading so that reading skills are developed rapidly. At Key Stage 2, we extend and develop each child's reading comprehension through focused reading sessions. At any stage, when children experience difficulties with learning to read, they may be given extra support with our reading recovery teacher, or one of our teaching assistants. Across the whole school, class story is a treasured time of day which is central to developing an interest in children’s literature and the life long habit of reading for pleasure.
Children are expected to practise reading at home on a daily basis. The teaching of reading is carefully structured and pupils are helped and guided towards suitable reading material. Reading with parents should include reading aloud as well as discussions about the text read. As the pupils go through the school, they are given more responsibility for this choice in reading as they develop their knowledge of the literature available. The school has a central library where pupils benefit from good quality reading materials, both fiction and non-fiction. All class rooms have their own reading corners with a half termly focus on variety of suitable authors.
At KS1, our colour banded reading scheme is comprised of books from: