At St Clement’s Primary School we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Alongside our phonics, Little Wandle is our systematic reading scheme in EYFS and Year 1. Year 2 are exposed to fully decodable stage books and then Key Stage two are supported in choosing one of our rich variety of both fiction and non-fiction texts to match their current reading ability. By increasing the amount of reading throughout the day, pupils develop a wider vocabulary and deeper knowledge of the world around them.
Research has shown that a students’ background knowledge is the strongest factor that develops comprehension ability. We believe that alongside phonics, wide opportunities for reading comprehension provides the foundations to develop a passion and love for reading. This is conducted through whole class reading using VIPERS in Years 2-6 and guided group reading in EYFS and Year 1. In addition, children get the opportunity to listen to their teachers read to them on a daily basis. By the end of year 6, pupils will have read a wide range of texts from our reading spine, with a wide range of authors, characters, themes and diverse language which continues to develop their passion for reading to take through to their future.
We continue to develop this love of reading at home by engaging parents through our reading competitions, in class sessions, reading breakfasts as well as by setting role models in our Year 6 Reading Ambassadors. All events continue to be successful and further develop our relationship with our families, as we work collaboratively to create passionate readers.