The English national curriculum (2014) states that:
‘The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.’
At Holy Trinity CE Primary School & Community Nursery, we believe the exposure of children to quality literature within the primary school setting is vital as a rich context for learning; not only within English as a subject, but to support building a reading culture throughout the school. For this reason, we have developed our own ‘reading spine’, through which we aim to use high-quality texts, by a range of prominent international and British authors, that offer opportunities for children to become familiar with ‘the classics’ as well as provide children with access to the very best new releases and hand-picked selections that offer philosophical enquiry and empathy, where children see their cultures, families and relationships reflected in fiction, non-fiction and poetic content. We will use these as a means of developing the spoken language requirements through debate, drama and discussion using the issues raised through, and within, the text. We prioritise ‘learning to read’ so that our children can then ‘read to learn’. Reading opens a world of possibilities and, at times, an escape from the realities of everyday life and, as such, we are relentless in our drive to ensure every child becomes a proficient reader.
Key Currriculum Documents