In all areas of learning we will aim to provide a challenging and engaging curriculum that develops skills and encourages independent learning. Understanding language provides access to the whole curriculum, therefore learning to read is at the heart of every child’s learning journey. It is an essential part of our Immersive Learning curricluum.

We believe a love of reading is integral to every child’s success, and actively promote reading for pleasure throughout our school community. We aim for all children to be fluent readers, with a high level of understanding across a range of text types. We aim for each child to enjoy reading for pleasure as well as for information, acquiring a growing vocabulary as they progress through our school. We also aim to fully engage parents and carers in their child’s reading, helping them support reading at home as well as share their love of reading through our well resourced Learning Centre. We expect every child to read regularly at home, and welcome parents to choose and enjoy books with their child in our Learning Centre.

In the words of Dr Seuss, our children’s reading motto is:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

The teaching of reading falls into two areas, word recognition/decoding (Phonics) and comprehension.  Both of these need to be developed to enable a child to both read fluently and understand what he/she has read. We follow the Primary Curriculum (2014) learning objectives, which are embedded within our Immersive Learning projects.

At Pensans CP school we have a vigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of
phonics that begins at the beginning of EYFS and continues until the end of Year 2. By the end of Key Stage 1 we expect that all children will be able to read fluently and be secure in Phase 6 of our  Phonics Programme. Any children that still require specific phonics teaching will be provided phonics session in Year 3 and 4 as appropriate.
All classes have a dedicated 1/2 hour for teaching reading each day. This is normally delivered as Guided Reading time, where one reading group will be taught reading skills with the class teacher whilst other groups will read with a teaching assistant or take part in independent reading based activities. In Years 5 and 6, the reading skills are developed further through a novel study, where the children are able to explore more sophisticated comprehension skills through a class novel. 

This session takes place in the morning, normally before 10:30. Our Librarian and the Learning Centre is available during this time for children to change their reading books. We recognise the importance of allowing time for children to be read to, and every class is read to daily from their class book.