At Cherry Hinton Primary reading is given a high priority across our creative curriculum. Teachers use engaging texts as a starting point for many topics and reading for pleasure is a feature throughout the school. Poetry, stories, plays and non-fiction texts are read in all classes to inspire, educate, challenge and stimulate children’s love of reading,
Children enjoy using our well-stocked school library, visit the local library and take part in National reading celebration days such as Roald Dahl Day, World Book Day and National Poetry Day.
We also hold an annual themed Book Week where staff, children and parents share their love of books. Children are continuously reinforcing their learning by applying their reading skills across the curriculum. We teach a rigorous programme of phonics learning in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 which enables children to decode the text and rapidly expand their reading skills from a very young age.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum provides a firm basis for the development of reading. Direct teaching and learning of phonics (based on the 'Letters and Sounds' programme) ensures that this forms children's primary and foundational approach to reading. However, this is also accompanied by 'Look and Say' approaches, for example through children recognising first their own name cards, and later recognising key words, especially high frequency 'tricky' ones on sight.'Letters and Sounds' provides a carefully structured route through the teaching of early reading and forms the basis for our school daily synthetic phonics programme in Reception and KS1. Phonics teaching in school is also supported by a wide range of resources.
For children in the early stages of learning to read, graded boxes of books are provided in each classroom from which the children and staff select appropriate books.
Every class has its own book area with a selection of books, including books relevant to the termly or half termly topics they are covering. These provide a regular injection of fresh material into the choice of books available to the children. In Key Stage 2, class (or year group) libraries are initially organised by loose colour bands to support children in choosing appropriately challenging texts.
Writing about real experiences and for real purposes is an integral part of our curriculum. As children move through the school they will share and produce texts from across a variety of genres, from information booklet to adventure stories.
Children express themselves imaginatively through drama and ‘talk for writing’ which supports and scaffolds their own writing.
Our handwriting script is a continuous cursive style which helps to secure children’s knowledge of spelling patterns as they practice and enables them to build up speed as they become confident.
Grammar is taught in context, embedded in our writing and reading lessons. It is reinforced and modelled orally in everyday speaking throughout the school and we also encourage parents to try to do the same,
Speaking and Listening
Children are given the opportunity to express themselves and present ideas and opinions throughout the school and across the curriculum.
They take part in philosophy sessions and circle time, drama activities and storytelling and with their learning partners they are encouraged to reason and explain. They perform their work to the whole school and wider audiences in activities such as sharing assemblies, performing poems, film festival, Christmas and Easter performances and end of year plays.