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At Perry Hall, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s  understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that  allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural  experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express  themselves. Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading.  We cultivate the behaviours that they will need to be discerning readers as  they read frequently and widely using self-regulation strategies and discuss  what they read. This reading curriculum is delivered through systematic  synthetic phonics, a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home  reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent  reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are  essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to  develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers. 

 

Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the breadth and richness of our curriculum. In addition, reading improves their  communication and language skills, and lays the foundations for success in  future lines of study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking  a consistent approach to the teaching of reading in order to close any gaps  and ensure that every child is able to read. 

 

At the heart of our curriculum is Reading for Pleasure, which is key to  educational outcomes for all pupils. We are committed to promoting a love for  reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in English lessons,  but in the wider curriculum too. However, we know that although academic  attainment is of vital importance, the benefits of reading for pleasure go  beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life journey. 

 

The research finds that reading for pleasure can result in: 

  • understanding responsibility 
  • helping us to learn 
  • helping us feel comforted and loved 
  • building confidence 
  • expressing our ideas and ourselves
  • improving understanding of ourselves, others and the world
  •  increasing empathy 
  • improving relationships with others 
  • improving well-being 

 

It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their  reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in  turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Therefore, the link between  children’s motivation to read and reading for pleasure is reciprocal.  Furthermore, we know that reading pleasure is beneficial not only for reading  outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing. Thus, we  work hard to foster a love of independent reading and build communities of  engaged readers (We have a “borrow a book” initiative in the school foyer  where children and adults are able to borrow a book or donate, or even swap  books for others to share).

 

We understand the significance of parents and  carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and  comprehension skills so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their  children with reading at home.  

 

We have high expectations of all learners and we encourage children to  challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success. By providing children  with a literacy-rich environment, high quality texts and inspiring learning  opportunities, children will be able to: 

gain a lifelong enjoyment of reading and books. 

  • read accurately, fluently and with understanding; 
  • apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode  unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed; 
  • be able to read with expression, clarity and confidence; 
  • develop a good linguistic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar;
  • read and respond to a wide range of different types of texts;
  • develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence and empathy;
  • read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming  secondary education.

 

Writing

At Perry Hall Primary School, we believe that writing is a key skill for life both inside and out of education and that is why it features across all the subjects taught across our school. Our aim is to provide children with key transferrable writing skills to build on year on year, that can be used throughout each phase of their education and prepare them for secondary school. 

 

Teaching children to write for a range of purposes and audiences can be very exciting, especially here at Perry Hall, where we provide children with a range of engaging hooks to capture their imagination! We believe that all children should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. Our progressive writing curriculum teaches the skills require to plan, draft and refine their written work over time. Children are encouraged to develop independence in being able identify their own areas for improvement. 

 

We want children to be able to spell new words by effectively applying the spelling patterns and rules they learn throughout their time in primary school. We want them to write clearly, accurately, coherently and creatively, adapting their language and style for a range of meaningful context, purposes and audiences. Oracy is prioritised in our writing curriculum in order to build vocabulary for all learners and increase understanding of trickier texts used across our curriculum. Discussion, questioning and learning texts, all increase understanding and prepare our children with the tools they need in order to be successful in their writing. 

Handwriting, spelling and grammar will be explicitly taught to ensure that children are able to understand the conventions of writing. We believe that all children should be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work.

 

By the end of key stage 2 children will have developed a writer’s craft, where they enjoy sustained writing and can manipulate language, grammar and punctuation to create effect. Our aim is for ALL learners to achieve their full potential in writing and we are committed to providing them with a text-rich curriculum to achieve this.

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