Reading is given a high priority as we want all children to develop into confident and accomplished readers who read for pleasure. There is a proven positive relationship between reading for pleasure and achievement and wellbeing.
Children are taught to read using the Rocket Phonics scheme. Throughout the Early Years, Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2, the children read school reading books; this is a combination of fiction and nonfiction books that are closely linked with the phonics learning. Once a child is a competent reader, and can show fluency and a deep understanding of what they have read, they move off book bands and choose their own reading material.
All teachers place a high priority on listening to children read. We listen to individual children read and we share class books, often to complement our work in other areas of the curriculum. We are fortunate in having an enthusiastic and competent band of parents, ex-parents, governors and grannies who love coming into school on a weekly basis to share books with children.
We have well-stocked library and books in our classrooms which our children enjoy using. Children all have a reading book with them in school and we are happy for children to curl up with a good book during playtime.