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.

Cabot Collection

The Cabot Collection is a selection of the 'best, most amazing books ever' and we are very proud of it!  The whole school community contributed and Miss Davies read a lot of books to make the final selection.  The books chosen are a diverse range of some of the best children's literature, old and new, which will act as a springboard for discovering new authors, illustrators and interests.   We aim for every child to read or listen to all the books.  (Thanks to Ashley Booth for the format)

Cabot Classics Reception-Year 1-Year2

Cabot Collection - Year 2

Cabot Collection - Year 3

Cabot Collection - Year 4

Cabot Collection - Year 5

How we achieve our vision

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 National Friendly 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.

Helpful websites:

Excellent advice and activities for families http://www.lovemybooks.co.uk/

Stories from around the world (some of which we use in school) http://worldstories.org.uk/

Free audiobooks for children https://www.storynory.com/

Advice for parents/carers of children aged 0-5 https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/#3

Free phonics games https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

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.