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Reading Curriculum Statement

Reading is at the heart of learning at Longfield.  Pupils are encouraged to become readers, both for purpose and pleasure.  Carefully selected books are available to all pupils, from reception through to year 6, in our inviting library, classroom book corners and book shelves. 

Within our timetable, we dedicate time for whole class reading, independent reading, developing comprehension skills and deepening understanding of vocabulary and grammar.

Younger years focus on daily phonic input; we value Phonics as an essential component in teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. We believe that when Phonics is taught in a structured, engaging way- starting with the simplest sounds and building up to the most complex- it is the most effective method in ensuring that children become fluent and enthusiastic readers. We follow the Bug Club Phonics Scheme of work together with its wide range of decodable books. Pupils at the earliest stages of learning to read use Bug Club decodable books to practise their reading skills. However, as pupils become more fluent readers, they are exposed to a variety of reading schemes to ensure that texts enrich vocabulary and deepen comprehension.

Longfield Reading Spine

Open University has a host of activities to help and support you reading with your child at home. Please follow the link below to see the all resources:

Reading at Home Archive - Reading for Pleasure (