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Phonics and Reading Curriculum at Sherwood Park

At Sherwood Park we value reading as a key life skill. We believe that reading provides pupils with a purpose and context for writing and develops their ability to speak and listen.

Pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to use their knowledge, skills and understanding to read fluently, and with confidence, across a range of different subjects in order to succeed in their forthcoming secondary education and the wider world. 

Our primary aims are...

  • To teach children to read with confidence, fluency and understanding.
  • To develop enthusiastic, motivated and reflective readers, through contact with challenging and quality texts.
  • To encourage a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure.
  • To develop children’s confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types.
  • To equip children with the skills needed to decode words, in order to be able to read fluently and with understanding of what they have read.
  • To provide children with a consistent phonics approach as a basis for their English learning and continuous development.
  • To enable children to become confident, independent readers, through an appropriate focus on phonics, word, sentence and text-level knowledge.

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