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CofE Primary School

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Reading Really Matters!

At Christ Church Primary we believe that reading really matters and we aim for excellence in reading achievement throughout the school. Reading gives pupils the chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually; we provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to read widely and often, enabling them to both acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.


It is our aim that pupils at Christ Church Primary School read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies. They learn to take responsibility for their own learning, demonstrate a love of reading and a desire to read for enjoyment. Through reading widely and often, they develop a growing vocabulary and become adept at using their creativity, imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.


Through our ‘Learning Journey’ curriculum, 'reading really matters', with planned reading opportunities as integral parts of the learning sequence. Reading is embedded throughout the curriculum and in all subject areas.


In addition, dedicated timetabled reading lessons facilitate the teaching of specific fluency and comprehension skills. In EYFS and key stage one, discrete RML phonics lessons and are taught in homogenous ability groups. The ‘RML’ phonics scheme is used to teach early reading and ensure that children are able to decode efficiently. In addition, a range of reading materials, including ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ books are used to support guided reading and practise at home. 


We have a wide selection of fiction and non fiction home/ school reading books as well as well stocked libraries in every classroom. All children, as soon as they are ready, have an ability matched Oxford Reading Tree scheme book and a self chosen library book to read both in school and at home for practise. 


Reading is promoted and celebrated throughout the life of school; EYFS ‘Open House’, half termly reading assemblies where 'wider reader' and 'regular reader' awards are given as well as certificates for those who have moved to the next stage of their reading, ‘Reader of the Month’ assemblies, regular book quizzes and a book fair are just some of the ways in which we achieve this.


Please see our reading policy for further information.