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Reading and Phonics


At Stanburn, we believe that a high quality and diverse English curriculum should develop children’s love of reading. We aim to challenge all our children to have an appreciation of a rich and varied curriculum that inspires a love of reading and develops fluent writers.

In addition to daily English lessons, children excel in early reading through the use of our synthetic phonics programme, Read, Write Inc.  In KS1, the children read weekly with an adult and have regular phonics assessments to ensure rapid, embedded progress. In KS2, children read through whole class teaching (VIPERS) and specific children will be supported through extra reading. We believe it is essential for children to read as wide a range of literature as possible, so we use a range of texts including those within reading schemes, fiction and non-fiction texts, poetry and plays. We place a strong emphasis on reading comprehension and the children are taught how to read for meaning. This is reinforced through guided reading sessions. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in helping their child/ children to learn to read. Each year the children participate in World Book Day along with National Poetry Day. We also provide opportunities for creative writing competitions through the wider curriculum. This ensures that children benefit from access to positive role models from the local and wider locality.