At Gorse Hall Primary and Nursery School
- Reading great literature opens children up to ideas, experiences, places and times they might not experience in real life.
- Reading for pleasure gives opportunities to learn about a multitude of things that cannot be covered just by a school curriculum.
- Reading and books are at the centre of our curriculum.
- Being able to read well is a key life skill for all children, whatever their background.
- High quality phonics teaching is an essential part of the teaching of reading.
- Decoding skills are vital for children to become confident and fluent readers.
- Children need explicit teaching of comprehension skills to become real readers.
- Every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support.
- A love of reading can be taught and encouraged at school – just like any other area of the curriculum.
- Children should have time to read independently, read aloud and be read to every day.
- Reading for pleasure and reading for purpose are equally important.
- Providing good quality reading resources is a priority.
- Developing an environment which supports and encourages reading is vital
- Every teacher should be an advocate for reading.
- Reading at home plays an essential role in developing enjoyment and self-esteem.
Staff should receive training so they are equipped to teach all aspects of reading and to develop children’s enjoyment of reading.