The teaching of reading is high profile across school. A range of teaching methods and reading materials are used to teach reading. Assessment of progress in reading is rigorous and teaching is systematic and thorough. A comprehensive library of texts is available to support children to develop high levels of reading skill and to read with confidence, fluency and good understanding. We encourage children to read a wide range of books giving practice and broadening knowledge before moving forward in challenge. We encourage reading for pleasure and enjoyment of reading individually, in pairs and in groups.
Reading fluently and with confidence is a fundamental skill and crucial for all children to access other forms of learning. A child who can read independently with full understanding will make better progress and take responsibility for independent learning with confidence.
Children read in a wide range of contexts across the school day and are taught the mechanics of reading alongside the skills of comprehension and understanding. We ask parents to read with their child at least 3 times a week, spending quality time and enjoying books together. Children each have an individual reading record and school reading book. We expect parents to support children in their individual reading programmes and complete the home school reading record weekly.