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)
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.
At Cabot Primary School, phonics is taught in phases mapped out on our overview, following the Letters and Sounds 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.