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Vision for Reading

‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me’ (Philippians 4:13)  

With fun and learning, hand in hand, all things are possible.’ 

Our school motto helps us, with the best intent, to choose how we teach reading, and provide a consistent richness of experience across the school. We strive to teach reading in a way that reflects our shared purpose and Christian ethos, as well as encompassing our school values of Respect, Creation, Fellowship, Wisdom and Hope. 

At Archbishop Benson, we believe that learning to read is a vital life skill and we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. Reading opens the door to a child's early academic success, imparts a love of learning and allows children to access the magical world of fantasy. We want to develop our children’s imagination to open up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. We believe that early reading is the bedrock of success in education and therefore strive to ensure that all children are equipped with secure phonetic knowledge and the ability to blend and decode words which help them to become successful, fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.   

In order to achieve the above, we aim:  

  • to deliver the aims of the National Curriculum and ensure there is clear progression from EYFS to Y6 

  • to teach systematic, synthetic phonics combined with a whole language approach that promotes reading for enjoyment. 

  • to ensure that all pupils read a variety of genres and high quality challenging text types confidently, fluently and accurately with understanding and enjoyment 

  • to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.  

  • for children to become enthusiastic and motivated readers  

  • for pupils to have good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. 

  • to use reading to provoke thought within children and to develop vocabulary. 

  • to plan and structure engaging, challenging lessons for all pupils 

  • to provide resources and displays in classrooms that support the children’s learning, especially of new vocabulary, which they can then use confidently and independently in their writing  

  • that all children, by the end of their time at primary school, should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. 

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