Reading Curriculum Statement of Intent

It is our intent at Boreham 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 enthusiasm and confidence.

We believe that reading is an essential life skill which enables children to access the wider curriculum to its full potential while at school, and take full advantage of their life opportunities as they enter the adult world. In our reading curriculum, it is therefore our intent to teach children to be able to read easily, fluently and with good understanding while developing children’s enjoyment of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

To be able to do this effectively, Boreham Primary School implements a clear, consistent approach to phonics teaching using the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Programme and by delivering a consistent reading cycle approach to whole class reading comprehension from Year 2 to Year 6. Through our reading cycle we aim for pupils to enrich their vocabulary through a range of texts, extracts and class books whilst developing the skills of an effective reader so that pupils can successfully comprehend texts.

We believe that high quality reading comprehension involves developing children’s understanding of a text by: building on their prior knowledge; broadening their understanding and use of vocabulary; and improving their reading fluency and expression to enable them to enjoy reading and comprehending texts in oral and written form to their full potential.

Aims and Impact

The Reading curriculum at Boreham Primary School aims to:

 Engage children in reading a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction texts across the curriculum through texts that link with curriculum topics wherever possible and by building on children’s prior knowledge

 Promote children’s enjoyment of reading

 Provide children with opportunities to use picture clues, phonics skills, word length and shape, knowledge of language and whole sentence context to decode and understand new vocabulary

 Develop children’s ability to read fluently and understand a range of texts allowing them to become independent learners.

 Develop children’s skimming and scanning skills in order to retrieve information from a text.

 Provide children with opportunities to sequence events in texts, make predictions and summarise information.

 Develop children’s ability to use evidence from a text to infer and draw conclusions.

 Develop critical appreciation skills so that children can express an opinion, analyse and evaluate the intent of authors and comment on, compare and contrast a range of texts.

Further Information

For further information about our Reading curriculum, please click on the links below:

Phonics ProgressionPhonics PolicyReading Progression DocumentReading PolicyReading at Boreham

Core Curriculum Texts

Recommended Reading Spine

Top Tips For Reading With Your Child At Home