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Reading Statement 


Our overarching aim for English at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.


To promote high standards of literacy, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding

  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences modelled in their reading.

  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas, supported with evidence from the text

  • are competent in the skills of speaking and listening, asking and responding to questions and participating in discussions, demonstrating understanding of what they have read.

Reading feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds. It is our aim that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject.

Photo: Author Matt Oldfield visited Year 6

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