'Reading is the one ability that once set in motion, has the ability to feed itself, grow exponentially and provide a basis from which possibilities are limitless.'
Michael Morpurgo, Author.
We have seven aims in supporting our children to become confident and able readers:
- We ensure that the teaching of reading is a strategic priority for our school.
- We foster a ‘love of reading’ at school and home.
- We teach phonics using a high quality support scheme.
- Phonics are taught from day one in reception and earlier in nursery if the children are ready.
- Our reading books are matched to the decoding skills of our children.
- The children who fall behind in reading are supported to catch up quickly.
- All staff are experts in early reading.
‘Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.’
1 Timothy 4:13
We have created a topic based curriculum, 'The Blossom Curriculum' which is supported by a Reading Spine (a list of books that all children will have read to them and be immersed in during their time here) and a Poetry Spine (a list of poems that children will learn 'off by heart' during their time here).
All Foundation subjects also have a weekly Reading Comprehension activity planned in to ensure Reading is a priority across the curriculum.
As 'The Blossom Curriculum' is topic-based, parents/carers can support and enrich topic learning from home by using the below links to suggested topic books and 'best books' for their child's age range.
These book link will support all areas across the school:
Reading for Pleasure
Did you know?
Did you know - The majority of new words learnt by children up to the age of 8, are learnt through the words being heard and explained. This is why reading aloud to children is so important.
Did you know - The majority of new words learnt by children aged 8+ are learnt from reading only!
Did you know - Children associate being read to with the loving experience of being read to all cuddled up and having that special time with their loved ones? So inadvertently they love reading and become avid readers themselves when they are older.
Story time in school happens daily. Reading to our children at St Meriadoc takes precedence over everything else!
Reception Topics - Click the picture for books linked to the topics.
Autumn Term: Colours of Me - Autumn, Christmas, Diwali, Artists
Spring term: Once Upon a Time (Fairy-tales, Julia Donaldson, Beatrix Potter, Seasons and Mini-beasts
Summer term: Marvellous Mystery Tour (Seaside, Emergency, Vehicles and Cornwall)
Year 1 Topics - Click the picture for books linked to the topics.
Autumn Term: Heroes and Explorers (Geography - Hot and Cold places, Exploration; Christmas and Diwali)
Summer Term: Castles and Coasts (Castles, Pirates, Cornwall, Beach Safety)
Year 2 Topics - Click the picture for books linked to the topics.
Autumn Term: Down in the Jungle (Explorers, Rainforests, Growing and Pollution)
Spring Term: Out of this World (Science - Space)
Summer Term: Dinosaurs and Discovery (Dinosaurs, Industry and Cornwall)