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Reading at Prince Rock

Reading at Prince Rock


“The best primary schools in England teach virtually every child to read, regardless of the social and economic circumstances of their neighbourhoods, the ethnicity of their pupils, the language spoken at home and most special educational needs or disabilities. A sample of 12 of these schools finds that their success is based on a determination that every child will learn to read, together with a very rigorous and sequential approach to developing speaking and listening and teaching reading, writing and spelling through systematic phonics. This approach is applied with a high degree of consistency and sustained.”

Ofsted: Reading by Six. 2012


“It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education”


The Reading Framework, DFE, 2021.


The aim of the Learning Academy Trust Curriculum is to develop articulate speakers, inspired writers and avid readers who can apply their knowledge of English to communicate effectively in an ever-changing world. The basis of our Curriculum is to create a sense of purpose and audience through Writing and Reading with Oracy at its heart. There is a clear vision that English should be a key subject within the curriculum along side the LAT ‘We Wills…’ to ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to explore and research, challenge and present their learning in a variety of ways. A sense of rigour and clear structure means that the national curriculum is the minimum expectation for all our schools. Giving new experiences, as well as the development and exposure to a wide range of texts, were considered when creating a curriculum which could build on prior learning and embed key skills. The principles of reading: phonological awareness, decoding, sight recognition, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency will facilitate our children’s reading journey as they progress through our schools.


Recovery Curriculum

In order to address the impact of COVID-19, adaptions have been made in order to achieve the following points. Detailed information can be found in the policy.


Key Stage 1:

  • Teacher will read to pupils every day using core texts to allow for immersion in texts.
  • There are shorter writing tasks to ensure children focus on sentence construction, spelling and handwriting. 
  • Handwriting it a key priority and longer sessions (where necessary) allow for this.
  • Dictation will feature prominently in our phonics sessions to support sentence construction and spelling.


Key Stage 2:

  • Rigorous assessment to identify children at risk of falling behind.
  • Continuation of systematic synthetic phonics
  • Core books to be read every day
  • Reading across the curriculum
  • Reading for pleasure at the beginning of each day and throughout the school day.
  • Development of fluency within WCR lessons.