Beechview Academy Reading Curriculum Statement
At Beechview Academy, we firmly believe in developing a culture that encourages a desire and love for reading. We aim for all of our children to leave primary school with the ability to read a wide range of texts and become lifelong readers. We encourage reading in all areas of the curriculum, covering a mixture of genres. We carefully select books that are current and rich in vocabulary as well as embracing key texts that enhance our topic learning. When we link texts to our wider curriculum, we aim to promote cross-curricular links wherever possible. At Beechview, we are developing our approach to encourage children to use ideas from authors that they admire and weave them into their own writing as models and a starting point. We expose children to texts which continually develop their breadth of vocabulary as well as improve their culture capital. We explore words, phrases and sentences daily to unpick how and why they have been used. Guided Reading lessons focus on enjoyment of a text as well as developing the comprehension of what the children are reading by asking carefully thought out questions.
It is the intention for the children from Year 3 to develop a secure and firm basis of phonics knowledge. They are exposed to a range of words, sentences and paragraphs, that use these phonics skills progressively, to build upon previous knowledge and continually push on their learning. Any children identified to need further support have interventions to secure their phonics knowledge as soon as possible. In addition to this, we have a class dedicated to providing rapid progress to those children across the school who are working below the Key Stage 2 standard for writing.