Reading – curriculum information

“We believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader and our vision is to instil and encourage a genuine love of reading for all of our pupils!”

We aim for children to be reading fluently by the age of six using a systematic, synthetic phonics approach – this is then developed further through the reading mastery approach, where we aim to develop a deeper understanding of rich and high quality texts.

As the children’s proficiency in reading develops, our emphasis changes from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’

At Adelaide we ensure that:

• All pupils read easily, fluently and with good understanding.

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

• Pupils acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar, and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language.

What do the pupils at Adelaide think about reading –

Reading Plus is excellent because it helps me read and learn. I enjoy it because I can level up and earn combos. It is really helping to improve the speed that I read. (Y6 pupil)

I think reading is a great for children to use their imaginations. When books from our class library are interesting, they draw you in and you don’t want to stop reading. (Y5 pupil)

I love listening to my teacher read a story. We get to join in with some words and do actions. (Y1 pupil)

‘Teaching and learning are consistently good. As a result most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from often significantly below-average starting points’…

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‘Children make a good start in the early years because of good teaching’…

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‘Leaders leave no stone unturned to ensure that the very diverse school population is treated equally and that there is a relentless focus on driving up pupil performance’…

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‘There is a very strong focus on checking on how well different groups of pupils are learning, so that any falling behind can be immediately helped to make better progress’…

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‘Staff morale is high, team spirit is very strong, and all are committed to continued improvement. This helps to explain why the school is continuing to improve’…

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‘Pupils feel very safe in school because of the school’s rigorous approach to keeping them safe’…

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‘Pupils contribute significantly to the successes of the school through their outstanding behaviour and readiness to learn’…

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‘The highly successful promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s work’…

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‘The excellent relationships between teachers and their pupils ensure lessons are purposeful and enjoyable’…

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‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive, commenting very positively on the school’s many strong features’…

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‘The range of enrichment activities the school provides is excellent and contributes a great deal to pupils’ learning’…

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‘The harmonious relationships among all groups, from a wide variety of backgrounds, are a strength of the school’…

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