At Burnham-on-Crouch Primary School we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers.
At the heart of our strategy is our drive to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully chosen texts that spark imagination, provoke thought, celebrate culture and diversity and are language rich.
Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for future success. We use a balanced mix of approaches to reading so that all pupils are able to succeed, which include: Read Write Inc. phonics, Fresh Start Phonics, Guided Reading, teaching of reading comprehension, reading for pleasure, individual reading and sharing high quality texts within the classroom.
We believe that Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. Through RWI phonics children learn a simple alphabetic code followed by a more complex code.
All reading books progress cumulatively, matched to the sound’s children are learning and already know. The teaching of phonics is of high priority.