WHY IS READING IMPORTANT?
At Woodcroft, reading is at the heart of all that we do. It is key in the development of our children, so that they become confident and competent readers by the time that they leave our school. Reading opens up a world of possibilities, and teaches our young minds how to engage with not only a world of literature, but also with their growing imaginations and to fuel future aspirations.
We aim to encourage inquisitive and passionate readers, developing strategies to overcome any barriers that they may face, whilst fostering a love of reading along the way.
RECOMENDED READS BY YEAR GROUP
HOW WE BUILT A READING CULTURE...
Our reading culture is embedded through not only reading initiatives in school, but also through an active love of reading shared by all in school.
Our Reading Ambassadors play a key role in the development of reading within school, alongside our reading races, and our Starbooks tokens collected termly. We celebrate reading by harnessing the world of literature that Reading for Pleasure opens up, whilst ensuring that different types of reading take place, and specific reading content domains are taught, so that all children experience all aspects of reading across the breadth of the curriculum.
As we continue to develop our use of the iPads within the school, the reading culture is also becoming further developed by the immersive and experiential learning opportunities that are provided by technology being at the finger tips of our children. We have online libraries that stock age and phonic appropriate materials, in addition to class libraries that celebrate a wealth of authors and different genres of books.
We focus on key texts within both English and Guided Reading, discussing purpose, authorial intent and all aspects of language within them. This ‘book-talk’ and promotion of oracy, all feed into the core foundations of reading at Woodcroft Academy.
Celebration of literature, reading and exposure to high quality texts all facilitate a life-long love of reading, and equip our children with the reading skills to lead them into their next phase of education.