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Pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure.

National Curriculum, July 2014 

At Joy Lane, we believe that reading fluently is the key that unlocks the door to all learning, providing children with the tools for successful lives in the wider world. If pupils are not able to read fluently at an age-appropriate level, this will impact their ability to access the rest of the curriculum and they will rapidly fall behind. Because we understand how vitally important reading is, we ensure that we engage with the most current research and continuously use this knowledge to inform our reading culture and ethos.

“The will to read influences the skill and vice versa” (OECD, 2010)

Research carried out by Teresa Cremin at the Open University underpins our balanced approach to reading for pleasure and reading instruction, and we know that without embedding a strong foundation of reading for pleasure, we cannot effectively instil the knowledge and skills required for reading comprehension. We aspire for our children to become lifelong readers who choose to pick up a book and read because they enjoy it!

As a result, our curriculum has been designed with reading for pleasure at its core. By providing a range of text types and genres in our reading nooks and library areas, choosing a varied and inspiring core of reading material for Guided Reading and read aloud texts, and regularly engaging in informal book talk, our children are able to talk about reading with confidence. Our English curriculum is hooked onto rich and exciting texts, which act as models to inspire our children’s growing skillset in writing.

Read our Reading Policy to find out more about our reading curriculum.                   


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