Reading Subject Statement

NWPA curriculum Intent:

Our curriculum at North Walsall Primary Academy is designed to deliver a broad and balanced education to all of our leaners so that they are confident and able to lead successful lives. We work hard to ensure our students understand how their learning links to the wider world and receive opportunities to broaden their cultural capital so they become responsible citizens within their communities and make positive contributions.

At NWPA we understand the crucial role Reading plays in developing mentally, emotionally and physiologically allowing for critical thinking. Developing language skills is at the heart of our learning. By following a Mastery approach in our reading, we believe all children should be exposed to high quality texts which motivate them to ask questions, discuss texts and read wider around areas of interest. We work hard to promote a love of Reading.

Building on from early reading, we follow Project X’s CODE books and Hero Academy. These books support Jolly phonics so allow children to follow a clear progression. As children gain further confidence in their fluency and comprehension, they move onto the next set in the Oxford Reading Scheme. Every child is also provided with a log in to Oxford Reading Buddy so that they can continue to enjoy books at home.

In addition to 1 hour daily reading sessions, children also have a reading book to take home and access to our school library. Each classroom has a reading area which contains a wide variety of genres and text types for children to engage with. Children are expected to read at home at least 3 times a week. This is checked by a member of staff and marked off against a tracker, children who reach set milestones are awarded certificates in assembly. A member of staff from school will also hear every child read at least once per week.