Reading

At Cabot we believe that active encouragement of reading for pleasure is a core part of every child's educational entitlement, because we know that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students' educational achievement.

We believe that children deserve a rich curriculum that encourages extensive reading of whole books and other kinds of texts. Cabot Primary School is an Every Child a Reader accredited school which means that we have been recognised as achieving the core standards for Reading Recovery as well as aspiring to the highest levels of literacy for all children.

Search the library with Junior Librarian

This is where Cabot pupils can search our library catalogue to see what we have in stock. From here it is possible to check your library account, search for particular authors or titles, and even write reviews. It is also a great place to look for inspiration about which book to read next. Cabot pupils need to log in with their Library Bookmark Number and their PIN.

How we achieve our vision

We believe that the staff and adults who work at Cabot should be reading role models. We have regular storytime sessions at the end of every day where staff read aloud to pupils, sharing whole texts. Children are promoted as reading role models through applying to be junior librarians with responsibility for library activities. Pupils have regular access to high quality texts and resources in class and in the school library. The library offers a balance of choice and guidance (provided by the librarian) to support children when selecting their reading material. During library sessions the librarian regularly reads aloud a variety of texts and genres to increase familiarity of the range of resources available. We conduct the Literacy Trust questionnaire to survey attitudes, habits and perceptions towards reading. In the summer term we partner Year 6 and Reception children for paired reading, and the Year 6's are trained in how to read with their partners. This is particularly successful as it allows the younger children to see good reading role models closer to their own age. Children are encouraged to share their views on books they have read by writing reviews for others to see on the Junior Librarian library management system. Children can also make book purchase recommendations for new library books.

We engage with parents through meetings that demonstrate how we teach reading, including how to read with a child to foster enjoyment.

Children who receive Pupil Premium in Reception receive two free high quality books with activities and guidance on how the books can be enjoyed and used to support learning.

Throughout the year parents are invited in to class storytimes to experience fluent reading and participate in the experience.

Reading volunteers from Rolls Royce and from the community work with pupils to increase 'reading mileage'. They read with children who don't get the opportunity to read as much as they would like with an adult at home.

We promote and celebrate the annual public library Summer Reading Challenge. We take Reception and Year 1 on a trip to the local library to familiarise parents with the services on offer and encourage continued reading over the summer holiday.

We communicate with parents/carers and the community through the reading and library blog.

Parents/carers can access the library catalogue from home to support and engage with their child's reading.

We celebrate Book Week to promote reading for pleasure. This includes class trips to our local bookshop to ensure all children benefit from their World Book day token; bedtime stories; dressing up as a book character and adults sharing their favourite stories and poems. We also host an annual book fair as part of the celebrations to give parents and carers the opportunity to purchase books, often at discounted prices.

At Cabot Primary School, early reading is taught using synthetic phonics as the main approach to reading. Pupils are systematically taught the phonemes (sounds), how to blend the sounds all through the word for reading, and how to segment the sounds in order to write words.

Children are taught to use their phonic skills and knowledge as their first approach to reading, but are also taught high frequency words which do not completely follow the phonic rules.