Reading at Cambridge Primary School
“Reading feeds children’s imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.”
The National Curriculum 2014
Our reading books are chosen from a range of reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Collins Big Cat Books, Cambridge Reading and Story World. They are colour coded in the Book Banding system for primary schools and ensure that the children experience a breadth of reading materials.
The reading schemes offer the children a range of genres such as familiar stories, stories from other cultures, traditional stories, poetry and a variety of non-fiction texts. The Teaching of Reading at Cambridge Primary begins in Early Years where the children experience the joy of listening to stories and being creatively involved with different activities which are based on stimulating texts. They have strong links with the local library and visit once a week.
At the start of Reception Parents are invited to a meeting with the class teacher. This meeting outlines the schools approach to reading and encourages parents to take an active role in helping their children to read and also to read for pleasure.
In Early Years the children begin by learning sounds. They use the Jolly Phonics scheme, in which each sound has an action. Once the children have learnt a few sounds they can begin to put the sounds together to blend words. The children are also taught tricky words each week, words that cannot be sounded out phonetically. Reading books are sent home with a diary which parents are encouraged to comment in.
All classrooms offer reading areas where children can read for pleasure. Each classroom displays good quality texts which the children enjoy reading. Our aim is for all children to have access to quality books and to inspire them to love reading for pleasure and to develop their knowledge.