At Queensmead, reading is placed at the heart of our curriculum as it underpins a child’s understanding of the wider world and provides a pathway to cultural capital and experiences, that may otherwise be beyond their reach. The design and intent of our reading curriculum is to promote the skills and strategies that ensure pupils leave Queensmead as independent readers and confident speakers, who feel comfortable within environments where books are discussed and enjoyed.
A concise mix of direct instruction and the systematic teaching of reading underpins our reading curriculum. A range of comprehension strategies are taught to all pupils to support their development as readers. These support their understanding and comprehension of the text and the ability to confidently approach any new vocabulary encountered. Our teaching of reading can be broken into four main areas: Synthetic phonics, Shared and Guided Reading and the development of our pupils love of reading.