“I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book.”

JK Rowling

Reading is the door to creativity, to visualisation and to greater knowledge. Research tells us that children who read for pleasure on a daily basis develop a wider vocabulary, greater general knowledge and a far better understanding of other cultures. It is perhaps one of the single most important factors in a child’s development.

It is our intention to ensure that all pupils read widely and confidently with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age, whilst developing a love for reading for pleasure.

We inspire, excite and engage children in reading in many ways:

  • Daily ERIC (Everybody Reads In Class)
  • Reading bingo (KS2)
  • Story bags
  • 1:1 reading
  • Engaging and challenging texts
  • Bug Club
  • EPIC Reading
  • Class reading areas
  • World Book Day
  • Extreme Reading challenge
  • Open classroom sessions
  • Phonics information evening for parents
  • Summer reading challenge
  • Book fairs

Our children will embrace their own individual reading journey and will celebrate their reading milestones as they develop new strategies, learn new words, explore different genres, discover unknown authors, experience unfamiliar settings and unpick hidden meanings.

Through discrete phonics sessions (Letters and Sounds), one-to-one reading with an adult and guided group reading, we teach our youngest children how to decode the written word, whilst building a greater understanding of comprehension.

Guided reading sessions in all year groups support children to develop skills in, and understanding of, vocabulary, inference, prediction explanation and retrieval (VIPERS)

V = Vocabulary
Ensuring our children understand the meaning of the words they mean in context supplemented by daily word aware sessions.

I = Inference
Being able to infer actions, thoughts and feelings using their understanding of the text and their wider experiences.

P = Prediction
Using evidence from what they have read and what they understand to predict what will happen next and how this will affect the plot of the narrative.

E = Explain
Use evidence to explain their answers to specific questions

R = Retrieve
Find information from a text quickly to support wider learning.

S = Sequence (KS1) and Summarise (KS2)
Accurately pick out the main events and succinctly summarise these for a wider audience.