Reading is an extremely vital life skill and at St. Francis de Sales, we strive for all of our pupils to not only value its great importance, but to gain great enjoyment from it too. It is our aim to encourage passionate readers for life.
Children must acquire a range of reading skills in order to access information that will support their development in all curriculum areas. The reading provision that is provided across the four year groups at SFDS allows the children to access a wide range of reading materials and provides a variety of contexts for improving the core reading skills.
The purpose of reading in our school is to:
- Improve children’s confidence and independence in decoding tricky/unfamiliar words.
- Enable all children to read with confidence, fluency and expression.
- Ensure that all children read for meaning and understanding.
- Widen pupils’ vocabulary knowledge and usage.
- Develop pupils’ understanding of writers’ use of language.
- Improve children’s understanding of grammar and punctuation conventions.
- Develop the four key skills of predicting, summarising, clarifying and questioning.
- Ensure that children can retrieve literal information from texts accurately.
- Improve pupils’ inference and deduction skills.
- Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
- Encourage children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
- Allow children to use speaking and listening to share ideas and understandings.
For more detail about each year group's curriculum, please visit their individual year group page.