Reading

 

A Hoyle Court Reader

“The whole world opened to me when I learned to read.”

Mary McLeod Bethane

At Hoyle Court Primary School we see reading as an essential life skill that leads to improved life chances. Reading underpins access to the entire curriculum and impacts on all learning. It is therefore integral to our whole school programmes of study.

Reading has a central importance in world history and culture. It is fundamental to functioning within society and it develops the mind allowing us to discover new things and share ideas. Reading develops our imagination and creativity: vital skills for the world of work and leisure. The power behind written ideas communicated through reading cannot be overstated: in fact, over 1,700 of our words and phrases were first written by Shakespeare. Through the ages, his written word has evolved into our common language. Reading is important because words – spoken and written – are the building blocks of history, learning and life.

Children need to experience the power and importance of reading. Books create warm, emotional bonds between adults and children when they read together. Books help children develop basic language skills and profoundly expand their vocabularies. Books are interactive; they demand that children think and help the development of critical thinking skills. Books give us new ways to think and new ideas. They expand our universe beyond time and place and inspire our own original thoughts. Books develop and nourish children’s imaginations, expanding their worlds. Books let children try on the world – socially, morally, culturally and ethically – before they have to go out into it. Books help us to understand ourselves, to find out who we are, whilst also allowing children to connect to other people. Books offer a wide breadth of information, experience, and knowledge: creating and answering questions. Books entertain and offer an escape.

We aim for all our children to read with a confidence, fluency and understanding that ensures a lifetime of enjoyment through reading. All readers are seen as unique and individual and receive support where necessary to access reading material at an age appropriate level, regardless of their individual needs. Our vision is for every child to be able to use their wide range of reading skills to ensure their understanding and learning across the curriculum and beyond. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books – fiction and non-fiction – and talk enthusiastically about books and authors. Hoyle Court readers choose to read for pleasure.

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