To teach the skills of reading and enable children to become confident, fluent readers who use reading as a tool to explore the wider world and further their own learning journey. We also aim to build a life long love of literature so that throughout their lives children can use the literary world as a means of escapism, relaxation and pure enjoyment.
At Cherry Hinton Primary reading is given a high priority across our creative curriculum. Teachers use engaging texts as a starting point for writing. They are continuously applying their reading skills in topic work and there are many opportunities to read for pleasure throughout the school week. Poetry, stories, plays and non-fiction texts are read in all classes to inspire, educate, challenge and stimulate children’s love of reading.
Reading skills (DERIC see below) are explicitly taught throughout school during group and whole-class reading sessions, story time and our constant pursuit of building children's vocabulary across the curriculum. Children enjoy using our well-stocked school library, they visit the local library and take part in National reading celebration days such as World Book Day and National Poetry Day.
We also hold an annual Book Week where staff, children and parents share their love of books.
In Reception and Key Stage 1 we teach a rigorous programme of phonics called 'Letters and Sounds' which forms the basis for our daily synthetic phonics lessons. Children are taught to 'DECODE' text by sounding out and blending sounds together. Alongside this they are taught a 'Look and Say' approach to learn key, high frequency words so they can recognise these words on sight.
For children in the early stages of learning to read, book-banded, colour- coded 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. These provide a regular injection of fresh material into the choice of books available to the children. In Key Stage 2, class libraries are initially organised by loose colour bands to support children in choosing appropriately challenging texts.
We have identified the key reading skills needed to be a successful reader.
These are: DECODE EXPLAIN RETRIEVE INTERPRET COMMENT
You will become familiar with our school reading character called DERIC as your child progresses through school.
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,
Our continuous cursive handwriting font.
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.