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Throughout their time at Northbourne CEP, children will build their fluency and confidence in reading, whilst developing a love and passion for reading a range of genres, from poems and rhymes, traditional tales, fairy tales and a range of stories, to non-fiction texts and information sources. Children will read for a variety of purposes from our well stocked library and foster a life-long enjoyment of reading, fuelling children’s imaginations and wellbeing. Our children at Northbourne show a great enthusiasm for reading.

Children will use and develop their reading skills across our broad curriculum. Purposely chosen whole class texts are selected, linked to the class topics and appropriateness to the children’s age or reading skills. Skills are taught through whole class reading time, individual reading with a particular focus and D.E.A.R time. All working together to make a confident and independent reader, ready for wherever their journey takes them.

 DEAR Time- Drop Everything and Read

During this dedicated time each day, children will be provided with opportunities to read for enjoyment by …

  • Sharing a book with a friend
  • Reading silently on their own
  • Listening to a friend read
  • Listening to a whole class story read by the class teacher
  • Listening to a friend’s story as a class

Home reading with Little Wandle & Scholastic Reading Pro

During the Early Years Foundation stage and Year 1, children will explore books for pleasure and develop their discussions around stories, predicting events, describing characters and what they can see. Children will begin to take home reading books that are phonetically matched to their Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised learning. Home reading helps to develop their decoding and blending skills, their love of reading and encourages their reading fluency.

Please read with your children as often as you can.

Reading Pro

Reading Pro is a program which matches a range of quality books to children’s comprehension skills and usually begins when children enter Key Stage 2. Each time your child finishes a book they can complete a Reading Pro test on that specific text, via the scholastic website. These tests establish how well they have understood the plot, events and context of the book. Scholastic Reading Pro helps adults and pupils to track and assess a child's understanding of the texts they are reading and helps with inference, deduction and text analysis.

Northbourne CEP School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.