Literacy is at the heart of everything we teach. We aim to enthuse and inspire our children. We want them to communicate with confidence. We want them to enjoy the written and spoken word.
The importance of Reading
Teaching children to read helps them develop their language skills. It also helps them learn to listen. Reading develops our imagination and creativity. Through enjoying a range of texts we discover new things.
We live in an information age, but reading is the main way to access it. Books, magazines and even the internet are great learning tools which require the ability to read and understand. A person who can read can learn about any area of life that interests them.
Reading at Seaford Primary School
The children have many opportunities throughout the week to develop their love of reading. We base our literacy lessons around quality texts, often linking to our Learning Adventure.
In Early Years, the children learn to read through phonics and exposure to high quality texts. Throughout KS1, the children progress through the book bands, leading towards becoming ‘free readers’.
All children in KS2 follow the Accelerated Reader programme. They have a test four times per year. The results of the tests give them a reading level. They read and do comprehension quizzes on books within their level.
The children receive certificates for set achievements. They may also become ‘Word Millionaires’, which we celebrate in assembly. All children ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for a set time every two weeks. Our Bronze, Silver and Gold Reading Champions set good examples to the rest of the school.
What our children say about Reading
“I like all new words I get to learn when I read.”
Zachary, Year 1
“Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I think about the characters and what will happen next in the story I am reading.”
Lola, Year 5