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Primary Academy


Reading Curriculum Intent:

At Corby Primary Academy we intend for all children to read with fluency, ease and confidence by the end of their primary education. It is vitally important that the children have a good understanding of a variety texts and enjoy reading for both pleasure and to gain knowledge and information. By following the National Curriculum, we intend for our children to gain knowledge to support their word reading as well as their comprehension skills. This will be furthered developed and deepened each year throughout their primary education.

We encourage reading to be at the centre of our children's learning as it is an integral part for the children to be able to access other curriculum subjects.

Nurture: Our reading curriculum nurtures our children to be fluent readers by developing key values and giving them the opportunities to acquire knowledge and explore ways to deepen their thinking.

Curiosity: Our reading curriculum develops curiosity by giving the children opportunities to explore a variety of books and authors. We encourage lots of opportunities for reading for pleasure to allow children to have experiences of lots of books and to collaboratively engage with each other.

Diversity: We instil diversity through our reading curriculum by having books where children can see themselves and their own cultures within them. We encourage lots of exploration of texts around different cultures and beliefs, so children feel valued and included.

Ambition: We want our children to access books and reading materials to help widen their knowledge and for our reading curriculum to give our children a rich, meaningful understanding, where they are wanting to continue their thinking further.

Reading at Corby Primary Academy

We value the importance of reading as a skill for life. Children take part in reading activities each day, either through one to one reading with an adult, group reading, guided reading or reading for pleasure. We use a range of books to support children’s reading development; these are a mixture of phonic books aligned with Little Wandle Letters and Sounds, ‘real’ books, banded ‘scheme’ books, amongst others.

Children are encouraged to develop a love for books and reading through being read to and sharing books as well as being heard read. Children take a reading book home each day and are encouraged to read and discuss books at home with their family.

Further information about our academy approach to Reading can be found in our updated below.

Phonics and Spelling

At the Corby Primary Academy we use the revised Letters and Sounds programme from Little Wandle Learning Trust, as our approach to teaching Phonics. Further information can be found in our Phonics and Spelling policy.

Little Wandle Resources for Parents

For more information about how to pronounce the sounds please click here. Notice how the children don’t add an ‘uh’ sound at the end, so they say: ‘t’ not ‘tuh’. Use the downloadable information to help your child remember how to write their letters and say their sounds.

Click here to watch videos and downloads that show parents how we teach your child specific aspects of phonics in class.

Click here to access resources that will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.