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Aim High; Be Resilient; Take Care of Each Other.


Promoting and encouraging a life-long love of reading is at the heart of our reading curriculum. Across the school day we ensure pupils are given many reading opportunities such as 1:1, guided, buddy/peer and whole class. Whilst sharing books, we encourage children to talk about what they are reading in a number of ways, including drawing on their knowledge of vocabulary, identifying and explaining key aspects, summarising, sequencing events and making inferences and predictions. 


We have a number of reading schemes within the Federation, that link to the coloured book band system, including phonetically decodable texts for EYFS and KS1. Beyond the book band system, children select longer, more challenging texts and develop independent reading stamina. Pupils begin reading phonetically decodable books as soon as possible in EYFS to embed phonics. 


We encourage all children to borrow books from the school library and share and enjoy their reading at home with their family. To support their progress, all pupils are expected to read at least three times a week at home.