Reading & Phonics
Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
WORLD BOOK DAY 2022
Our Objectives - Reading opens up a world of possibilities and opportunities – it is the gateway to the curriculum and to the fulfilment of our children’s dreams and aspirations. We believe that through reading, our children will have the world with all of its joys, mysteries and challenges opened up to them. Through reading, our children can visit worlds real and imagined and experience what is to walk in someone else’s shoes for a while as well as provide a mirror to their own cultures and customs.
We want our children to not only read for functionality but to be life-long readers for pleasure. In order for this to be a reality, we want our children to be secure and confident readers so that reading does not become an activity that is dreaded, but one that is longed for.
Our Aims - Our aims, in line with the National Curriculum for English, are that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, both for pleasure and for information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
In Early Year and KS1, we use Collins Big Cats as our core reading scheme which matches our bespoke phonic programme which is based on the progression in the progression in Letters & Sounds. It is supplemented by Rising Stars Rocket Phonic books. Once children become fluent readers towards the end of Year 2 they have access to a range of colour banded reading books mainly from the PM benchmark scheme. Our Reading and Phonics Policies are on this page.