“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss
At Leftwich Community Primary School our aim is to instil a love of reading in all our children that will stay with them throughout their lives. Our library is at the heart of our school and is an area where children can relax and read during break-times and lunch-times as well as using the space for guided and shared reading sessions.
As soon as children join us they take a book home to share with their families. Children begin their reading journey with the ReadWriteInc. scheme, which teaches them decoding skills. Children begin to read by using phonetically decodable books which allows them to apply the phonemes they have been taught. Children then move to develop inference and comprehension skills, whilst developing a rich and varied vocabulary.
From year 2, reading books are colour banded according to difficulty. Texts from different published reading schemes and picture books are included: fiction and non-fiction. With challenging texts in school and taking home books at a comfort level, children gain fluency and mastery in both decoding and understanding their books.
Reading a variety of books develops good habits and independence. Children read different authors and types of text, such as poetry, stories, reports, explanations and recounts or diaries. They develop preferences and use different styles in their own writing.
Our aim is to nurture lifelong readers and hope children will curl up with a book and read their favourite stories over and over again. Just for the love of it!