Reading Policy & Rationale
Shakespeare Primary School
Where all achieve greatness
Whole School Priorities - ICE
Improve standards in all areas of the school.
Close the gap in attainment in key groups of pupils.
Embed our school curriculum and new leadership model.
At Shakespeare Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils will develop a love of reading through a range of high-quality texts. By the time our pupils leave school, they will be able to decode and read any word they encounter regardless of their ability. We recognise that reading is the key to accessing the curriculum and allowing all to achieve greatness.
English is integral to all aspects of life, and it is with this in mind, that at Shakespeare Primary School we endeavour to ensure that pupils develop confidence in their ability to approach reading, writing and spoken language to prepare them to engage in the wider world. Reading enables pupils both to acquire knowledge in a range of contexts and subjects and to build on what they already know. We aim not only to prepare our pupils for the next stage of their education, but also to lay the foundations for successful lives after school and the jobs of tomorrow, all of which will require the use of their English skills.
The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Read easily, fluently and with good understanding.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.
- Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Use discussion to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.
- Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.