‘The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go’ Dr. Seuss

The National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Reading is singled out as being of extreme importance, since
through it, ‘pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading allows pupils to ‘acquire knowledge’ and to ‘build on what they already know’ (p13).

The 2014 Curriculum divides reading into two dimensions:
• Word reading/decoding
• Comprehension

We recognise that both these elements are essential to success and we support the acquisition of both sets of skills through various methods.
We recognise that these areas are clearly linked to the other aspects of English learning: speaking and listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. We also understand that reading is a developmental process
and part of life-long learning and we encourage and praise children at every stage of it. 

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