Reading & Phonics

At Cabot we believe that active encouragement of reading for pleasure is a core part of every child’s educational entitlement, because we know that extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students’ educational achievement.

We believe that children deserve a rich curriculum that encourages extensive reading of whole books and other kinds of texts. Cabot Primary School is an “Every Child a Reader” school which means that we aspire to the highest levels of literacy for all children.

Reading with your child is really important. We ask parents to put aside a little time for reading every day. Books should be fun! If you’re both enjoying a book, then take as long as you like; books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Child pointing to a book the teacher is holding outside

Reading: Statement of Intent

Books enable children to discover new worlds, meet new people and learn about the past; they also have the power to transform lives. By sparking growing imaginations, stimulating critical thinking and helping to develop empathy, reading gives children the very skills they need to succeed at school, at work and in life.’ Cressida Cowell

At Cabot we believe that every child has the ability to read and we know that ‘the best primary schools in England teach virtually every child to read’.

We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop reading strategies and skills: accurate and confident decoding, fluency, self-monitoring, understanding and response to texts.
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • read a variety of texts through the use of libraries, ICT and other media and have the research skills to make the best use of the information available
  • experience diverse range of high quality texts that reflect and broaden their perspectives and challenge stereotypes
  • recognise and value their own tastes/preferences and literary experiences and are confident and inquisitive enough to explore within and beyond these
  • are knowledgeable of a wide range of stories and text types
  • increase their vocabulary and gain an understanding of how language works by looking at its patterns, structures and origins
  • work in partnership to use discussion in order to learn and express themselves; clearly explaining and elaborating on their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, participating in debate and drama activities, working inclusively with others
  • are attentive listeners and have the resilience and motivation to be independent and reflective readers
  • grow a lifelong love of reading and an appreciation and enjoyment of literature

We aspire for excellence for all.  It is our goal that Every Child is a Reader by the age of 7 and that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils at Cabot Primary School are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject.

Children Reading a book