At Burnham-on-Crouch Primary School, reading and books are the centre of everything we do. Every child deserves the right to become a reader. Here, for many, is the place they learn their reading is valued; and here is where they come into contact with the universe of books and opportunity. Reading opens the door to the world. Reading quality books allows children experiences, ideas, places and times they may not be able to experience in their life outside school.
All available research shows that children who enjoy reading achieve more highly across the curriculum and in later life.
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. These texts not only allow our students to visit and create their own worlds, but to also see themselves and their own lives reflected in text.
Storytelling; exploring poetry, song and rhyme and high quality non-fiction texts are embedded within our curriculum to develop pupils' vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading.
One distinctive feature of English teaching is that the modalities of speaking, reading and writing are not only the objects of study but also the means through which the subject is learned. To overcome this challenge, 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, the teaching of reading comprehension, reading for pleasure, individual and group reading and sharing high quality texts within the classroom.