The latest English curriculum, as laid out by the Department for Education, can be found here.
Reading is central to all we do in school and is a skill that we want children to learn as quickly as possible.
For a 35 minute session every Monday to Thursday morning, our children from Foundation Stage through to Year 2 work in groups to develop their reading skills. This work uses a phonic-based programme called Read, Write Inc. as its core. Additionally, Guided Group Reading is undertaken daily in all classes. This supports children in understanding what they are reading and develops their ability to read ‘beyond’ the text. During these sessions in Upper School, children who are not working in the teacher’s focus group of the day will be undertaking an activity designed to develop their reading skills and to encourage their love of books and reading.
Our Lower School reading scheme is made up of a good selection of fiction and non-fiction books. Book collections in the Upper School classrooms are being developed to appeal to children’s interests and to encourage them to experiment with their reading choices. Additionally all children visit the well-stocked school library every week.
As part of our Home Learning Policy, we ask parents to read at home with their children every day, and to role model reading so that children see it as a life skill; important outside school as well as in.
To further encourage a positive view of reading, every year we invite famous authors into school to share their work and enthuse the children. Past visitors have included Michael Rosen, Anthony Browne, Valerie Bloom, Leigh Hobbs, Anne Fine and Timothy Knapman.