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The learning of reading comprises of two strands-word reading and the fundamental acquisition of phonetic knowledge (linking up letters and sounds) and also comprehension. Children progress through the Letters and Sounds phases in Key Stage 1, and are supported with their ongoing SPAG development into KS2 with daily lessons. The children experience a wide range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Children are allocated reading books from a book-banded scheme and take part in group guided reading activities daily. Children also have access to a wide range of books in our growing library.

Approach to reading

The 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Jolly Phonics' schemes are used for EYFS and KS1 phonics. A wide selection of different reading schemes and 'real books' are used throughout EYFS and KS1.

Reading for Pleasure Statement

At Petersfield Church of England Primary School we believe that reading should be a fundamental part of childhood and a skill which should be developed to support lifelong learning.

Our aim is to develop and embed a strong, sustainable reading culture within the school community. Confident and competent readers will foster a love of reading through a rich and varied experience of texts, in which they are empowered to exercise freedoms of choice and independence.

Inspiring children to read is a moral imperative and their fundamental right. It underpins all learning and secures a good trajectory for personal development, understanding the world in which they live.

We believe that a reading child is a successful child and that:

  • children deserve a rich curriculum which encourages extensive reading of books and other kinds of texts;
  • planning enables links across learning, which create a wide range of opportunities in which children can read for pleasure;
  • children will have the opportunity to experience whole books to support them in their understanding of literary structures and allow them to become absorbed in the story itself;
  • the active encouragement of reading for pleasure should be a core part of every child's educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment. Extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students' educational achievement;
  • children will be encouraged to read texts which reflect their own heritage and that of other cultural groups. Children should be allowed to explore and engage with texts in their native language;
  • all children should have access to a wide range of texts in different formats and genres and support in enjoying them where necessary;
  • the school will engage and support parents in enabling access to a full range of reading experiences. Where this is not possible, action will be taken to provide compensatory measures which allow equality of access to all children;
  • home-school relationships will promote the importance of all adults in fostering a love of reading;
  • professional development and support for teachers will be provided to allow them to explore the huge range of printed and electronic reading materials available and to enable them to support children in their reading choices.

The school has a commitment to evaluate the outcomes of this Reading for Pleasure statement and continually review practice to ensure all children become lifelong readers.

Latest News

21st Feb - We were delighted to welcome a member of the Ely Diocese team into school today as we again embark on Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge.

19th Feb - Welcome back to school, open today for spring half term 2, to pupils, parents and visitors.

9th Feb - School is now closed for half term. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 19th February. Happy Half Term!

9th Feb - Our Headteachers' Awards Collective Worship yet again showcased the talents of our pupils both with the live music and the awards to celebrate learning.

9th Feb - Congratulations to our Holland's cup winner today, who was awarded this because of her increased confidence to try out playing new pieces of music on the piano.

7th Feb - Thanks to the Post Office staff in Orwell who enabled Ash class to purchase their stamps as part of their project work.

6th Feb - Safer Internet Day. Pine class reported that 'In class, we thought about and discussed what emotions we'd feel if different things happened to us online and we created a 'wanted' poster for a good online friend.' Please do see the website for more information about staying safe online.

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