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 school which means that we
aspire to the highest levels of literacy for all children.
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)
Reading: Statement of Intent
‘Books enable children to discover new worlds, meet new people and learn about the past, but they also have the power to transform lives. By sparking growing imaginations, stimulating critical thinking and helping to develop empathy, reading gives children the very skills they need to succeed at school, at work and in life.’ Cressida Cowell
At Cabot we believe that every child has the ability to read and we know that ‘the best primary schools in England teach virtually every child to read’. (Reading by the Age of 6, Ofsted).
We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- develop reading strategies and skills: accurate and confident decoding, fluency, self-monitoring, understanding and response to texts.
- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
- read a variety of texts through the use of libraries, ICT and other media and have the research skills to make the best use of the information available
- experience diverse range of high quality texts that reflect and broaden their perspectives and challenge stereotypes
- recognise and value their own tastes/preferences and literary experiences and are confident and inquisitive enough to explore within and beyond these
- are knowledgeable of a wide range of stories and text types
- increase their vocabulary and gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins
- work in partnership to use discussion in order to learn and express themselves; clearly explaining and elaborating on their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, participating in debate and drama activities, working inclusively with others
- are attentive listeners and have the resilience and motivation to be independent and reflective readers
- grow a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation and enjoyment of literature
We aspire for excellence for all. It is our goal that Every Child is a Reader by the age of 7 and that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils at Cabot Primary School are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject.
At Cabot Primary School, phonics is taught in phases mapped out on our overviews (please see below), following the Bug Club Phonics programme alongside other relevant objectives from the National Curriculum. 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.
In Reception and Year 1, children take home books from a sequence that shows a cumulative progression in phonic knowledge and matches our phonics programme. This is to support children to learn that the route to decoding unfamiliar words comes from blending the sounds, and that the children become systematic and fluent at doing this.
From Year 2, children continue to use their phonic skills and knowledge to develop their word reading. This is combined with an emphasis on morphology and etymology so that they can become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers. To ensure that everyone makes connections between all these areas of learning, we call our phonics, spelling and grammar lessons 'Language Skills'.
Reception phonics overview
Year 1 phonics overview
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 use meetings and videos to demonstrate how we teach reading, and how parents/carers can support their child to read and 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 ( https://nationalfriendly.co.uk/ ) 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. National Friendly work closely with the school to provide a broad range of opportunities for pupils.
We promote and celebrate the annual public library Summer Reading Challenge. We take Reception and Year 1 on a trip to our local St Paul's library to familiarise parents/carers with the services on offer and encourage continued reading over the Summer holiday. We encourage everyone to join and use Bristol libraries.
During Book Week we take all our classes to our local bookshop Foyles ( https://www.foyles.co.uk/ ) to ensure all children benefit from their World Book day token.