It is our intent at St Charles’ Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. Within our school it is clearly evident to see that reading is one of our top priorities and that our children have a thirst for reading.
With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. At St Charles’ we teach Phonics through the systematic and extremely effective Read Write Inc phonics scheme. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to be able to recommend texts to their peers, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. Our main intention is to deliver a curriculum which has reading at its core across all curriculum areas. Through choosing high quality texts, we intend to develop a love of reading and allow children to recognise the pleasure they can get from their reading, as well as an understanding that reading allows them to discover new knowledge, revisit prior knowledge and understand more about what they learn, fuelling their imagination for ideas to use in their own work. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. At St Charles’ Primary School reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress and we value reading as a key life skill. It is our intention to read to our children for at least 10 minutes every day and our parents pledge to do the same. The schools main literacy scheme is Read Write Inc Literacy & Language in Year 2 to Year 6, however this is supplemented with other modules of work including: Book-based literacy projects, Whole Class Reading sessions and Cross-curricular writing. The majority of children leave St Charles’ as confident, competent readers with a deep love of reading.