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Our Curriculum : Reading



At East Hunsbury Primary School (EHPS), we intend for our children to leave Year 6 as fluent, confident readers who understand the importance of reading on their immediate and future lives. We intend for them to leave having read a rich variety of fiction and non-fiction literature ranging from: graphic novels, classic texts and magazines to comics, poems and modern stories. We intend for them to develop such an enjoyment for reading that they leave as avid readers choosing to read for pleasure and to read to learn.

We intend for our children to leave EHPS having participated in an array of quality book-related experiences and have acquired the linguistic skills in order to be able to discuss, evaluate, reflect, compare, critique and engage in meaningful conversations about a wide range of literature in order to form an opinion.

Our intention is that all children experience a progressive, ambitious and challenging curriculum built upon a foundation of diverse and carefully selected literature – a curriculum which develops children’s word recognition and language comprehension alongside developing a genuine desire to read for pleasure. It is our intent that every child at EHPS will connect with a book and has the opportunity to see themselves represented through literature inline.

As Emily Style states in her article Curriculum as Window and Mirror: All students deserve a curriculum which mirrors their own experience back to them, upon occasion — thus validating it in the public world of the school. But curriculum must also insist upon the fresh air of windows into the experience of others — who also need and deserve the public validation of the school curriculum.  We believe the world of literature can provide both a window and a mirror.

It is our intention that EHPS is a school which is built on books because we place reading at the heart of everything. We intend that reading will not only strengthen the core knowledge rooted with our writing and wider curriculums but will also play an important role in educating the whole child emotionally, culturally, socially and spiritually. 

Aims – every child a reader with agency

The aim of our reading curriculum is to promote and attain the highest standards of reading whilst equipping the children with a love of literature which they carry with them for life. We aim for our children to become readers with agency and foster a life-long appreciation for reading.

Our aims are built around NPAT’s Key components (see below).

We aim for the children to be able to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Choose to read widely and often for both pleasure and information
  • Understand what they read by drawing on a range of strategies including grammar, illustrative and knowledge of linguistic conventions
  • Increase their vocabulary
  • Have access to a variety of the finest literature which challenges and engages
  • Understand the role of reading and literature on their lives and wider society
  • Engage in discussion in order to learn, deepen their thinking and form opinions
  • Use their reading to influence their writing.