‘To learn to read is to light a fire’

Victor Hugo

We believe reading to be one of the most important skills that any child can acquire. It opens up the world of learning, brings great pleasure and enjoyment and builds children’s self-esteem and confidence.

To this end, reading is given the highest priority in Hawthorns school curriculum and is tailored to the needs of every child.

There are many ways to teach reading and we have developed, over many years, what we believe to be the essential ingredients to promote accelerated progress in Reading.

High quality, carefully structured, Guided Reading sessions take place in every classroom four days a week, underpinned by daily discrete phonic sessions. Quality resources and creative approaches ensure these learning opportunities are engaging and fun.
The wide range of reading resources are chosen to tap into the children’s interests and capture their imagination.
Children are exposed daily to text displayed in their classrooms and around school.

Wherever possible children are given opportunities to develop their reading skills through cross curricular studies.

‘Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.’

Kate DiCamillo

Additionally, there are a number of 1:1 interventions to provide extra support where needed. These are Reading Recovery, Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 intervention, Five Minute Box and Precision Teaching.

‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free’

Frederick Douglass

We encourage all our parents to work in partnership with us to support their children in developing reading skills because we know that when home and school work hand in hand then amazing things can happen.

There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.’

Jacqueline Kennedy

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