‘The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.’ National Curriculum 2014
At Five Acres we pride ourselves in selecting high quality texts for children to read, and which will also stimulate and motivate them to write. From Nursery all the way through to Year 6, adults will read 1:1 with children to support their development of fluency, comprehension and appreciation of different literary styles.
In EYFS and year 1, teaching reading focuses on the skills needed to read words on a page. The children have daily phonics sessions - Codebreakers* - where they will learn grapheme-phoneme correspondences (how letters on a page correspond to different sounds). As they move into year 2 and beyond, we support children to develop their fluency when they read aloud, as well as helping them to make sense of what they read, for example drawing inferences and identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.
We have a ‘reading spine’ of texts that will be read aloud to the children over their time in Five Acres, ensuring they are exposed to writing from a variety of authors, of different genres and set in different social and historical contexts. Year 6 pupils run our school library, supporting younger children to select books, and children in KS2 regularly read to younger children through our ‘reading buddy’ system. Children have access to quality texts within class libraries too, and enjoy reading alone, to an adult or with a friend.
*Codebreakers is our phonics scheme, written and produced by Hamilton Trust and adapted to meet the new National Curriculum requirements. See our Phonics page for further details.
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