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English (Reading)

Intent for English (Reading)

At Newtown Primary School, we want all our children to leave us as fluent speakers, readers and writers. We strive to empower children to develop a passion for reading and to use their reading skills not just to develop their subject specific knowledge, but also to widen their exposure to and understanding of a range of genres as well as broadening their imaginations. Children will experience the shared reading of a broad range of texts and be motivated to read widely both inside and outside of school. They will build a strong understanding that reading is for gaining information across the curriculum and for pleasure. Teachers will introduce children to a choice of ambitious vocabulary drawn from the books and texts read, so that children have a wide vocabulary when they enter secondary school and are able to make connections between texts, their lives and the wider world.



At Newtown Primary School we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Nursery/Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school. At Newtown Primary School we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.