The ability to read, acquire knowledge and understand what is read makes up the foundation of our reading curriculum. At Hurworth Primary, our aim is for all pupils – irrespective of their needs, abilities or backgrounds – to be able to learn to read fluently, effectively, confidently and with understanding.
At Hurworth Primary, reading is at the heart of our curriculum. Through our reading, we aim to encourage the children to develop culturally, emotionally, socially and spiritually. We want all children, from Foundation to Year 6, to learn the skills and knowledge to enable them to read and to develop a lifelong love of reading that develops into secondary school and adulthood. We want to expose our children to the power of words and structure of language at every opportunity, engaging critically and imaginatively with a range of texts to help children make sense of the world and their place in it. From the important foundations in our systematic and structured phonics program to our range of class novels, school library, author visits, celebrated book days and interactions with our local library and book shop, we make sure our school highlights the importance of reading.
All of our children are taught the skills to decode words and to understand what they have read. We want to develop our children into skilled readers, intertwining the strands of decoding and comprehension (see Scarborough’s Reading Rope below).