We strongly believe that reading is the key to a child’s emotional, cultural, intellectual, social and spiritual development. It enables children to build a knowledge base that can forever be added to and even challenged, the more they read. To foster a child’s love of reading is to equip them with the power to fully engage with the world around them and even escape into another world entirely!
Our priority when the children start with us is to build the children’s spoken language, and to explore making marks using a range of tools. We use the well-established Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach the children all the sounds they need in order to read and ensure that the children read at school every day, as well as at home. Of equal importance is reading daily to our children, even when they can read fluently themselves. By reading literature to children that is at their interest level but beyond their reading ability, we can further stretch their understanding and motivate them to develop their listening and language skills. As the children become more fluent in their reading, they can then start to take real meaning from it, inferring and deducing information with more and more complicated books as they progress through the school.