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Reading and Phonics

Our aim is to ensure that all children learn to read and spell accurately, so they can read for information and pleasure. 


At Castle Hill reading has a high priority and pupils experience a range of reading activities every day.  We teach reading through guided, shared, whole class and individual reading opportunities. Adults model reading for and to pupils and as readers become more confident they become role models to others. Each class has access to a variety of high quality fiction, drama, non-fiction and poetry texts to ensure exposure to a wide variety of genres. As children learn to read and develop in fluency they follow a colour banded reading scheme, once they are fully fluent they exit the banded scheme and select from a range of challenging texts and e-books, often joining our book clubs to explore their reading further. 


Parents are asked to work in partnership with the school in developing their child's ability to read.  All pupils should read to an adult at home each evening as part of their homework.  Parents are expected to comment/sign their child's reading record regularly and ensure it is returned to school each morning.