We will develop children’s reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Children will be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and will be encouraged to read for pleasure. We will do everything to promote wider reading. We teach literacy daily with opportunities for Literacy in the Foundation Stage being incorporated into the child’s day according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Guided reading is introduced in Key Stage 1. The class teacher works with a group of no more than 6 children to teach the decoding of words and the skills needed for fluent and expressive reading. As the children become fluent readers, the focus for these guided sessions move towards improving comprehension skills.

Children are encouraged to read at home for at least ten minutes every day and we endeavour to provide good quality, exciting texts in order to inspire a love of reading.

Extra support for individual children is provided by volunteer readers. They read regularly with children and help to improve reading skills, develop language and vocabulary and build confidence and self-esteem.