At Drake Primary School, we want our pupils to be literate and confident speakers, readers and writers. Reading is at the heart of the curriculum; it is how children access knowledge across all subjects. We want to ensure that all children are avid readers who read for enjoyment. We encourage and support all children to read a variety of genres and authors and learn to use adventurous vocabulary in their speech and written work. Teachers will use questioning and the VIPERS structure to make sure that a range of reading skills are taught and explored.
To this end, we make sure that children are given quality phonics teaching from Reception onwards using the Read Write Inc scheme. We have a large range of decodable texts for children to practise with and consolidate their reading at home. Our school library is well-used by children and we regularly visit Thetford library. Children read at home with parents with a range of books. In English lessons, children are taught specific reading skills such as inference, predicting and summarising to support comprehension. Each curriculum topic will feature a prominent author or relevant rich text linked to the subject of the topic. As well as daily focused reading time, teachers read to their classes daily in order to model reading aloud. Handwriting is taught with support from the PenPals scheme with practice throughout the week.
We would like Drake Primary pupils to be enthusiastic, independent and lively writers able to write accurately and imaginatively with a firm understanding of audience and genre convention. We use cross-curricular topics to provide a platform for talk and to deliver enriched activities for writing and to challenge able pupils. This is a key area for development for the school and one that goes hand-in-hand with our raising of expectations. Application of key literacy skills are therefore taught across all foundation subjects as well as science.