At Braywick Court School we strive for pupils to develop a lifelong love of reading, to be confident and fluent readers who enjoy reading for pleasure. The deeply rooted culture of reading within our school is intended to promote reading at every opportunity. Research shows that reading for pleasure has a positive impact on children’s attainment. Children who read for pleasure have enhanced levels of text comprehension, an increased knowledge of grammar and show improvement in their writing. Research has also found children who read often at the age of ten perform better than their peers in tests of spelling, vocabulary and even mathematics when tested at the age of sixteen, they also have more positive attitudes towards reading than their peers.
We believe in both the importance of developing children’s discrete word-reading skills and comprehension, and the need to engender their love of books and reading. At Braywick Court School, we recognise these two elements are intertwined; each relies on the other if children are to become life-long readers. We have two fully stocked libraries; which pupils use weekly. The libraries are stocked with a range of high quality texts, carefully selected by staff and pupils. We ensure that our library stock represents a range of authors and cultures and is regularly reviewed.
Pupil librarians play an important role in promoting the library. In addition, each class has a clearly visible reading area from which pupils are encouraged to select books to read for pleasure. Staff ensure that stock with in the class library complements, enhances and extends the curriculum being taught and covers a range of fiction and non-fiction. Ongoing fundraising and parental support ensures the library stock is able to be refreshed and remain current and meet the needs of all of our pupils
Reading for pleasure is prioritised daily at Braywick Court School. All classes have dedicated reading time where classes share literature and high quality texts are read aloud. Pupils are also given dedicated time for personal reading for pleasure.
At Braywick Court School all staff are trained in the teaching of synthetic phonics. This ensures that all staff understand the principles that underpin the successful teaching of word reading and spelling. We follow the letters and sounds scheme, ensuring there is clear progression and consistency in the teaching of phonics from EYFS to the end of Year 1. Phonics is taught daily in EYFS and Year 1 using a range of teaching strategies. Phonics teaching covers a range of skills including phoneme grapheme correspondence, decoding, segmenting and blending and reading for meaning. Pupils are given the opportunity to apply their phonic knowledge through carefully planned activities. Whole class phonics teaching ensures a balance between teacher directed instruction and pupil participation.