At St John’s, our vision is for every child to develop a love of literature in all its forms. Through reading inspiring and informative texts, each child learns how to write in a given style, communicating information, expressing emotion and delighting in the development of their own reading and writing. Every child should be prepared for the next phase of their life by being inspired by their teachers and being ‘armed’ with a range of literacy skills and the willingness to explore their imaginations through words.
At St John’s, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves.
Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading and allows our teachers the freedom to devise programmes of study, which are accessible to all and maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement.
This curriculum is delivered through the synthetic phonics scheme (Essential Letters and Sounds), a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers. A range of fiction and non-fiction genres are covered in each year group to allow the children to develop a wide vocabulary and knowledge of text features.
It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Therefore, the link between children’s motivation to read and reading for pleasure is reciprocal. Furthermore, we know that reading for pleasure is beneficial not only for reading outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing. Thus, we work hard to foster a love of independent reading and build communities of engaged readers.
We understand the significance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home.
Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are committed to promoting a love for reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in English lessons, but in the wider curriculum too.
evidence – all skills detailed in the National Curriculum (2014). These resources also enable teachers to use whole books as a focus rather than extracts, which helps children to develop inter-textual links.
Children become avid readers and delight in their improving skills. They are fluent, expressive and accurate in reading aloud. They have good comprehension skills and rapidly acquire new vocabulary. They can apply their reading skills in a number of contexts.
The impact of our Reading Curriculum is measured in the following ways:
Most importantly – children leave St John’s with a lifelong love of reading and the ability to interpret a range of texts and explain their preferences for certain authors and genres.