Subject Leader: Mrs Clarke

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.” Malorie Blackman.

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world” Malala Yousafzai

The strands of the English National Curriculum

read easily, fluently and with good understanding
develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and 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
write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

The strands of the English National Curriculum for Reading

The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions:

word reading
comprehension (both listening and reading).

Our Vision for Reading…

Reading at Eaves is at the heart of our curriculum and our aim is to create life-long responsible readers through creating a positive and active reading culture and climate throughout our school. Reading is a channel in which children are given the opportunity to make connections, expand knowledge, collect language (words and phrases) to live within and experience the beauty of the ever changing world around them.

Why is Reading important?

Reading is a vehicle in which children can explore the curriculum, the world around them and delve into the deepest depths of their own curiosity and wonder. The impact of a positive reading culture allows our children to experience the true value of the spoken and written word both within the classroom and the wider community including our local library, Chester Lane. Our curriculum aims to create enthusiastic readers that are able to showcase their skills across the curriculum, taking risks and developing their ability to navigate their own independent learning journey. All of our children experience the joy that comes with reading a ‘real’ book regardless of their word reading ability exposing them to a world of rich vocabulary and high quality texts from Early years to Year 6.

What Reading looks like…

At Eaves we aim to inspire all children to become responsible, well-read fluent readers. It is through our rigorous reading curriculum that is established in our early years setting and continues to bubble and build every year stretching beyond their primary phase.

Phonic strategies are introduced in our nursery setting when the children are ready to build on their oral story telling and rhyme. When ready they are introduced to the sounds that create written words. This is developed throughout school as children are grouped according to their phonic ability. Books that they take home also mirror their phonic development in addition to pleasure reads (real books) to share as a family. Daily reading for children off the RWI programme is an opportunity to explore high quality texts , developing stamina, fluency and their knowledge of vocabulary . It is through these sessions that children will really develop their knowledge and confidence of the different aspects of the reading domain. Home readers are closely matched to their reading ability. Thus creating confident, responsible life long readers.

Reading is always something that we celebrate at Eaves especially the oral expression of reading. We enjoy sharing this passion with the children and our community through our annual poetry evening and our poetry buzz competition with our fellow network schools. Our passion for reading is also showcased during our BASH festival at the library in which we read and discuss a variety of authors and genres . This celebration is often met with a session with an author and illustrator allowing the children to develop their passion and knowledge of books even further.

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