Reading Statement of Intent
At Warren Hills, reading is placed at the centre of our curriculum and we are determined that all children will learn to read regardless of their needs, ability or background. We aspire for all pupils to grow into confident, keen and capable life-long readers and we understand that discrete word reading, fluency, comprehension and a love of reading must be intertwined to enable this. We adopt a ‘phonics first’ approach to the teaching of early reading to ensure that decoding becomes automatic and habituated. We ensure that children facing barriers in learning to read are identified early and that they are supported in catching up with their peers. We follow the Ruth Miskin phonics scheme to ensure that phonics is taught with pace and rigour. We provide children with regular opportunities to read in school, by teaching whole class reading lessons and group guided reading sessions to develop fluency and comprehension skills. Reading is celebrated in the wider school community by sending reading records home and encouraging children to read with parents daily; supporting parents by holding drop in sessions; having book swap facilities in the foyer and celebration days.