At Cubitt Town we aim to foster a culture of reading for pleasure. We know that successful reading skills are the key to unlocking learning across the curriculum and endeavour to ensure that pupils leave for junior school as fluent early readers, with some initial comprehension skills and a love of reading.
We feel that it is important to find a balance between supporting the children at a phonic level to decode whilst enabling them to continue to acquire comprehension skills of texts with a wider vocabulary. We therefore offer a rich daily menu that includes a daily phonics lesson (see here for more information on our phonics lessons), an English writing lesson based around a high quality text, and a reading for pleasure session where the hear a text read to them by the teacher and discuss the meaning of the text, the author's intent, and their responses to it. We believe that 'learning floats on a sea of talk', and that being able to discuss a text leads to a greater understanding. Oracy and reading therefore go hand in hand, with regular opportunities for discussion and debate around texts. In Year 2, as the children complete our phonics programme, they will enjoy daily reading sessions that are centred around high quality fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction.
Our core curriculum texts have been carefully selected in order to provide a range of interesting, relevant and enjoyable reading experiences by authors from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We believe that stories are how we explore and make sense of the world beyond our own experience. Within the writing curriculum, the range of text-types and styles that children are exposed to in their reading are increased further, using our core texts as springboards to engage with other high-quality texts in imaginative ways. We also aim to incorporate reading across the curriculum, with a range of fiction and non-fiction texts complementing learning in a range of disciplines.
We follow the national curriculum. Learning is sequenced so that over their years with us pupils are exposed to increasingly complex language and structure and will have the knowledge and skills to access these texts.