We know that we can improve all curriculum areas by getting reading right.
At Springhead Primary School we recognise that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. We believe in both the importance of developing children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender their love of books and reading. We provide opportunities to engage in rich and diverse activities where the children can immerse themselves in great literature. Through our teaching, we acknowledge that exploring a variety of texts will support the children in developing an understanding of the world around them, inspire them to ask questions and allow them to express their ideas, emotions and opinions. As stated by Katherine Patterson:
‘It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations – something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.’
We recognise that reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future lines of study and employment. We have high expectations of all children to meet expected standards and higher. We encourage them to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success, always being ambitious in their choice of text. We also understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts.