At Heathfield Primary School, we aim to develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary in every subject. Understanding language unlocks the whole curriculum and is essential for success in all subjects.
We want our children to develop a love for books and reading and we promote this in a variety of ways, for example, World Book Day, visiting authors, book fairs and engaging class novels.
Reading at Home
Our children are encouraged to read at home at least three times a week and parents to write a short comment in their reading record. Ten minutes spent developing their reading skills through sharing books with an adult helps children become fluent and confident readers; children who see adults reading, and enjoying reading, are much more likely to want to read themselves. We use Reading Miles as a reward scheme to give motivation to the children. Book bands are used to ensure that children are reading books appropriate to their reading ability.
KS1 pupils are taught phonic and reading skills, daily, using Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Guided reading gives children opportunity to explore books in greater depth, demonstrating their understanding of what they have read and sharing their opinions.
We have a library suitable for all ages and every class has access during the week which is used, when appropriate. Parents can bring their children to the library on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays between 3.15pm-3.45pm to borrow books to enjoy at home.
Please click below for our reading strategy.