At Brooke Primary Academy, we understand that English has an important place in education and in society. We therefore aim to provide our children with the highest quality of education possible, which allows our children to reach their full potential. Through providing meaningful learning opportunities, we aim to develop our children’s abilities to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of audiences, purposes and contexts. We support our children to communicate ideas and emotions effectively. We give pupils the means to be creative and imaginative, as they become enthusiastic and critical readers and writers. Our carefully planned curriculum, with our children at the heart of it, enables our children to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually in order to become a fully participating member of society. We promote, instill and foster a love of lifelong learning both within and beyond, the education community.
At Brooke Primary Academy, children will:
- Read with confidence, fluency and with understanding
- Develop a love of reading
- Have a desire to read for a range of purposes
- See reading as a lifelong skill that will enhance their future life chances
- Develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence, empathy and understanding of the world around them, through experience of a wide range of texts
At Brooke Primary Academy, we value reading and the whole curriculum which is underpinned by quality texts, which challenge and inspire our children. Within each term, each class will read and interpret a wide range of genres which are challenging and appropriate for each year group through a guided and shared approach, including both teacher and child led discussion. These texts are chosen to expose them to a variety of vocabulary, fuel their creativity and let them travel to worlds beyond their imagination. Our quality library allows children to choose from a wide range of authors and genres enabling them to follow their own interests and foster their own love of reading.
Alongside the daily phonics teaching following Little Wandle Revised, children in F2 and Y1 take part in reading practice sessions three times a week with a phonically decodable book that is carefully matched to their phonic level. These three sessions are focused on decoding, prosody (reading with fluency and expression) and comprehension. After reading at school children can then share their book, that they have read at school, at home with their parents and carers.
Key Stage 2 – Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge and on knowledge of the world. These skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of genres.
All children in Key Stage Two take part in a daily shared reading session lasting 40 minutes. Shared read is a whole class approach to teaching reading that gives children of all reading abilities, the opportunity to access books that are appropriate for their age. The texts used vary in genre, linked to the theme and are age appropriate. The shared reading process has been specifically designed to develop their reading skills – text analysis, vocabulary, evidence collection, comprehension and a stamina for reading.
By the time a child leaves Brooke Primary Academy we hope that every child has developed the following
- reading fluency
- comprehension of what they read
- lifelong habits of reading widely and often, for pleasure and information
- a wide vocabulary
- an appreciation of our rich and varied literacy heritage
- the use of discussion to learn, elaborate and clearly explain their understanding and ideas
- speaking and listening skills
- an understanding of the benefits of reading
- the experience of a wide range of quality texts across a variety of genres
- pupils who fall behind are encouraged to catch up quickly