At Brookburn Primary School our intent is to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. We believe that by developing children’s love of reading they can achieve that. We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often.
In EYFS and KS1 our focus is on phonics. Parent readers come in and share stories with classes as surprise readers.
We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across fiction, non-fiction and poetry to develop their own thoughts about the world in which they live. We want to establish an appreciation and love of reading and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and confidently and be able to discuss their thoughts on a text.
These aims are embedded across our literacy lessons and the wider curriculum. We have a rigorous and well organised English curriculum that provides many purposeful opportunities for reading and discussion. We use a wide variety of quality texts and resources to motivate and inspire our children.
We flood the school day with reading for pleasure and reading for meaning. Each teacher in KS2 has a class read reading to the class regularly, children have their own choice of free read books to take home and another for in class – encouraged to read a variety of genres. Guided Reading sessions are in mixed ability groups focussing on one whole class text. Studying texts, including comprehensions, for a writing outcome Book Club, Reading displays, First News newspapers, class libraries, big focus on World Book Day/Reading Week with a Book Fair and inclusion in initiatives with the library e.g. Summer Reading Challenge. Children in Year 5 and 6 are trained up as Reading Buddies and are paired up with children in Year 1 and 2 supporting their reading and building confidence.
We have good links with the local high school including the school library as well as the local library.
As a result we have a community of enthusiastic readers who are able to showcase their developing skills through their writing. They are confident to take risks in their reading and love to discuss and share their ideas. Our attainment at the end of EYFS, KS1 and KS2 is well above those of the national average.