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How we approach reading

Crucially, we understand that reading and literacy are the responsibility of every adult within school.

As such, to support all our students in building upon their reading skills and passion, we have developed consistent approaches to encountering – and understanding - texts that are used in all curriculum areas across school. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Exposure to a variety of texts through the curriculum.
  • Fostering an enjoyment of reading through dedicated Relax & Read time.
  • Whole school approaches to encountering & understanding new texts and vocabulary.

Across all subject areas, we seek to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to be curious before reading something: this could be providing them with: an image, title, topic, big question or quotation.
  • Chunk texts and differentiate these sections, for students.
  • Use images to aid understanding.
  • Assign reading roles to students in groups
  • Encourage students to ask questions as they read.
  • Model the process of summarising what has been read.
  • Encourage students to have a personal response to what they have read.
  • Allow students the chance to respond to each other’s questions about a text.
  • Set comprehension questions, where appropriate.