The Literacy Subject leader is: Mr Paul Quarry

Subject Ambassadors are Harley and Eve

Reading Statement

It is our intent at Fitzwilliam Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in English that will teach pupils to speak, read and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively.

With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school.

We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

Please see schools English documents below including intent, policy, progression grids and scheme of work.

Reading Procedures at Fitzwilliam Primary School

At Fitzwilliam Primary School reading is an important part of all children’s learning and progress.

The schools main reading scheme is ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ however this is supplemented with other schemes including: Project X and Graphic Novels. School has also purchased ‘Bug Club’. This is an online reading scheme which children can access both at home and school. This means that all children have the opportunity to read a wide variety of books in a structured, challenging and progressive approach. All books, including ‘Bug Club’, are colour banded and this ensures appropriate challenge is provided for all children. Children are also encouraged to enhance their reading through schools weekly library loan service where books are also colour banded. The majority of children leave Fitzwilliam as confident, competent readers with a love of reading. The reading scheme across school is constantly evolving and as a result children are provided with books that not only challenge but also interest them and encourage a love of reading.

Phonics, is an important daily lesson in each class from the Nursery through to Year 2. The school follows the government ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme which develops the children’s ability to hear, discriminate, recognise and write the sounds. The New Curriculum also supports children’s phonic development and we are working in line with the curriculum content provided. Phonic work is combined with the school’s structured reading scheme to develop reading skills. Every year in June, the Year One pupils take the National Phonic Screening check. The children are expected to reach a benchmark level.  Parents are provided with a preparation pack to support their children in readiness for this assessment. Our parents are excellent at supporting the school phonics and reading homework. The children take reading books home daily to practise, improve and enjoy and we appreciate this support enormously.

Phonics Lead is Mr Tim Downes