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At Clifton Green, we firmly acknowledge the pivotal role of reading in the educational success of our pupils. It serves as a cornerstone for nurturing rich vocabulary, influencing high quality writing and it also provides a gateway to success across other subjects. But more than this, we aspire for our children to cultivate a genuine passion for reading; one that unlocks a world brimming with adventures and opportunities! Within our school, reading is woven into the fabric of daily life. Children experience the joy of being read to, indulge in ‘Reading for Pleasure’ and actively participate in insightful discussions about books
We use a book-based approach in our English curriculum which develops reading comprehension and writing composition, whilst also fostering a whole school love of reading and writing. We have used our extensive knowledge of our pupils, community and our curriculum to carefully select core texts for each class to be studied in depth. We look for books that broaden children’s horizons; deal with sensitive or difficult issues; offer a diversity that our context does not offer; and for books that are fun, exciting or just wonderful! These are identified in our Reading Spine documents.
Please click on the links below to view the Reading Spine for each year group:
Reading for Pleasure
Reading for Pleasure is an important part of our reading offer here at Clifton Green. We ensure children develop a love of reading and are exposed to a range of interesting and relevant authors. We promote a love of reading in the following ways:
We use the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised DfE validated Phonics programme to plan and provide daily, engaging Phonics lessons. In Phonics, we teach children that the letters of the alphabet represent different sounds and that these can be used in a variety of combinations and put together to make words. The children learn to recognise all of the different sounds and combinations that they might see when they are reading or writing.
Our Phonics teaching starts in Nursery and follows a very specific sequence that allows our children to build on their previous phonic knowledge and master specific phonic strategies as they move through school. As a result, we aim for all our children to be able to tackle any unfamiliar words that they might discover. At Clifton Green, we also model these strategies in shared Reading and Writing activities, both inside and outside of the Phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on the development of language skills for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for Reading and Writing in all subjects.
How we teach Phonics and Early Reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1
Reading practice sessions
How do we assess phonic knowledge?
How you can help support Phonics at home:
If you are a parent/carer and you would like more information about how to support your child with Phonics at home, please follow the link below to find the Reception and Year 1 overview, as well as videos of the sound pronunciations, letter formation sheets and other helpful resources. Children may also like to access the games and activities available on the Phonics Play website (see link below).
If your child is in Year 1 and you would like to know more about the statutory Phonics Screening Check, please watch the video below:
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