In English, we strive to make every child a reader and use quality books to inspire and ignite the children’s interest across the curriculum. At Bidborough, we believe that reading is at the root of learning and begin our journey into reading by using Letters and Sounds to teach all the sounds of the English language and how to write them in EYFS and Key Stage 1. As the children begin to learn the initial phonic code we use decodable books for them to practise and improve their decoding skills. When they become more fluent, we have more challenging texts to allow then to read widely and develop a lifelong love of reading. We continue to use phonics as tool for spelling into Key Stage two.

We use the Power of Reading to place quality books at the centre of our learning. This enables our 3D curriculum allowing the children to make links across the subjects studied. Each classroom has a well-stocked book corner with a range of age appropriate books that the children may select with guidance from their teachers and we are lucky to have a library that offers the children further opportunity to develop a love of reading.