At St-David's Primary School, reading is the main driver of the curriculum; teaching a child to read opens the door to their future success and is a vital component that enables our children to flourish in the wider curriculum and excel in life. Reading is a vital skill for living successfully in society, and confident readers will have the ability to access rich life experiences and develop life-long dispositions towards independent learning. Teaching children to read is the greatest gift we, as educators, can give - and fostering positive attitudes to reading is key to this. From Early Years to Year 6 we ensure that children acquire the essential skills and knowledge that enables them to become a confident and successful reader.
At the heart of our reading strategy is the commitment to offer our children the opportunity to hear and enjoy a range of literature, therefore ensuring children begin to develop a love of reading from the moment they start their school journey with us.
We need to ensure three main aims are met through our teaching:
1. Children are able to read and, ultimately, are able to read fluently and confidently;
2. Children are able to understand texts and, age appropriately, are able to infer and deduce information from what they have read;
3. Children develop a passion for reading which extends beyond primary school so they are life long readers.
To meet these aims, we will:
• Ensure the teaching of reading is, and remains to be, prioritised by all staff, including school leaders
• Teach a clear and consistent phonics programme which clearly supports pupil progress;
• Foster a love of reading through a variety of strategies and approaches;
• Support pupils who fall behind to catch up quickly.