At Grasmere Primary School we aim to inspire children to develop a love for reading and writing, nurturing their curiosity and enthusiasm for language from Nursery to Year 6 and beyond! English sits at the heart of our curriculum as it is through literacy, in all its forms, that children learn to make sense of the world around them and shape their place within it.
By the time children leave Grasmere Primary School, they are original and imaginative writers with an exceptionally wide-ranging vocabulary; they are able to understand sophisticated texts and express themselves confidently and articulately in a wide range of contexts.
We want to support our children to become lifelong readers who read for pleasure and go on to share this passion. Our teachers are highly skilled at teaching all stages of reading, from early readers to fluent readers. We also have a highly qualified team of HLTAs, TAs and LSAs who provide intervention and supported reading groups, and a dyslexia specialist who runs supported reading sessions.
Early reading is taught through a systematic phonics approach using the Read Write Inc reading programme, alongside daily exposure to a diverse range of high quality books, texts and reading experiences to ensure our children develop a broad and rich vocabulary and develop the skills and confidence to decode any new vocabulary they come across.
Once children have become fluent readers, they progress into guided reading groups. In Year 2 and Year 3, they return to whole class reading in the form of The Big Read. Through these sessions, children learn how to make predictions, ask deeper level questions, make connections outside of the book and interpret illustrations. The Big Read is discussion based, with the teacher modelling how to develop discussion and find meaning within a book. We choose books rich in vocabulary and model how to use clues in the text to understand the meaning of new words.
Destination Reader is taught across Year 4 – Year 6. Destination Reader is a pedagogical based approach to teaching reading through engaging daily, structured sessions that support children to read with greater understanding, enjoyment and purpose.
Our teachers model a love for reading through their reading lessons, through daily shared reading, by taking opportunities to build reading into other areas of the curriculum and sharing their own reading and passion for literature with their class.
It is important that our school environment reflects the culture of Grasmere as a reading school and that all children have a range of opportunities to read independently outside of their lessons. Our inviting book areas, school library and reading nooks are readily available to the children throughout the day and we encourage them to explore these spaces in their free time.
This year, we have put together reading lists for each year group. These will grow termly and we hope that there is something for everyone within them.
Our Reading Lead is Emmy Beber.