Reading & Phonics

Reading is also a fundamental part of everything that we do. (see 7 aspects of reading below) Our children enjoy high quality texts across the curriculum and reading skills are taught explicitly.  Alongside skills of decoding and comprehension, book talk encourages children to think as a reader and discuss their preferences, likes and dislikes.  Reading is encouraged.  Ongoing reading challenges are implemented to encourage regular reading at home.  We realise the importance of providing children a welcoming, nurturing library environment where they can immerse themselves in reading for pleasure.  We have recently restocked and reorganised our school library which children readily have access to.

Phonics is taught using Read Write Inc (RWI) materials.  Pupils are immersed in a directed teaching approach which embeds systematic phonic skills as the core skills for reading.  Sounds are taught in a specific order and regular assessment ensures pupils are grouped according to their ability.  Daily phonics sessions are delivered in EYFS & Ks1.

The Pie Corbett Reading Spine

We want our school to be a place where children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with high quality books.

These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘Reading Spine’. We have provided the Pie Corbett reading spine in our classrooms so that children have access to these high-quality texts.


Pie Corbett says…

Great books build the imagination. The more we read aloud expressively, and the more children are able to savour, discuss and reinterpret literature through the arts, the more memorable the characters, places and events become, building an inner world. A child who is read to will have an inner kingdom of unicorns, talking spiders and a knife that cuts into other worlds. The mind is like a ‘tardis’; it may seem small but inside there are many mansions. Each great book develops the imagination and equips the reader with language.

Great stories speak to us as individuals and some children will return to certain books again and again. Great stories also build our language because around 75 per cent of our vocabulary comes from our reading. Reading develops the ability to think in the abstract; to follow lines of thought. Schools that have a reading spine, build a common bank of stories that bind the community together. These are shared and deeply imagined common experiences.

Here are the spines for each age group, along with Pie Corbett's rationale behind the book choices.

We have included the nursery spine also because the repetitive and song like nature of the texts in these picture books help to give great confidence to early readers in terms of fluency when reading.  

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