At Ashton Gate Primary School our English curriculum is taught collaboratively through the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education’s (CLPE) Power of Reading Scheme. This scheme runs alongside the Little Wandle Phonics Scheme for early reading in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
In Reading it is our intention to create independent and ambitious readers, who through their time learning with us have acquired the skills needed to read with fluency and to confidently comprehend written material. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction, to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. We intend to foster an environment where all children feel that high quality literature is accessible to them; where they are inspired to read and enjoy books; where they understand the process that goes into creating the books they pick up; and to providing a reading curriculum which teaches them to become confident, independent readers who can explore non-fiction to find facts, have the skills to begin to comprehend the nuances of plot lines, characters and hidden meanings within poetry, who can make links between the literature they discover during their time at Ashton Gate and beyond.
This begins in EYFS and KS1 with the teaching of phonics and word reading through the systematic, synthetic phonics program 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds.' The children engage in daily phonics sessions where they will systematically work through the phases of phonics progression. This will continue into KS2 where needed, alongside the children developing their knowledge and skills in comprehension.
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It is our intention in Ashton Gate Primary School, to create ambitious, confident writers who have acquired a range of skills to enable them to independently write for a variety of different purposes and audiences. Alongside a love of writing, we want to enable them to recognise the importance of effectively communicating through carefully crafted sentences and the significance of this in securing future employment. We want to inspire writers of the future and give them the opportunity to understand how powerful the written word can be.