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Reading for RAISE


Reading across our Curriculum

Retention – Application – Inspiration – Success for Everyone


Train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it.
                                                                                               Proverbs 22:6

Reading is the gateway to learning”


“…facility to understand and use written language has always been a prerequisite to the efficient acquisition of knowledge, and it is becoming increasingly important in today's information society.” (Vickie Carroll, Learning to Read, Reading to learn 1997).



Why do we read in other subject areas?


Retention – of powerful knowledge and vocabulary

Our curriculum allows children to retain powerful knowledge and vocabulary. It is not merely a set of facts for children to learn and then forget. It is carefully designed and planned in such a way that knowledge will be stored in children’s long-term memories, so that they can build on it and use it later in life. (Curriculum Intent)


Reading is an imperative skill in supporting children to remember and know more.  Children acquire this knowledge by listening to and reading and researching for themselves.  In Key stage 1, children learn to read is of paramount importance.  Decoding skills and fluency are developed through the RWI systematic phonics programme, while comprehension is developed through whole class reading and story time in addition to reading within English and non-core subjects.  By KS2, we expect children to be able to efficiently read for information, to comprehend what they have read, to reflect on what they have read and to retain the knowledge and vocabulary that they have ascertained.



How do we implement reading across the curriculum?


  • Rich reading diet relating to subject and topics – Fiction and Non-fiction
  • Weekly non-core whole class reading session Y1-Y6
  • In EYFS we enhance our environment with topic related literature which covers all 7 areas of learning.
  • Children read “French” books and poems as part of the French curriculum
  • Topic related books are displayed in classrooms
  • Accelerated reader books KS2 include non-fiction texts as well as fiction
  • RWI Books KS1 also include non-fiction texts
  • Reading online for research
  • RAISE Pages – key facts and vocabulary
  • Talk Tasks
  • Free read mornings that allow children to read curriculum enhancement texts
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