Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
At Heathrow Primary School it is our intention that our pupils foster a lifelong love of books and reading throughout their primary school life and way beyond. We immerse our pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination.
The school uses a variety of reading schemes to enable the children to access and read a wide range of texts. These include: Project X, Oxford Reading Scheme, alongside classic and modern literature. The aim of this is to ensure that our pupils have access to a wealth of quality reading material that motivates them to want to read.
We have a clear, consistent, whole school approach to reading. Reading is closely linked with writing – the two activities reinforce each other. Children become successful readers by using a range of strategies to get to the meaning of the text. We believe literate children should read with confidence, fluency, expression and clear understanding. In order to achieve this they need to be taught the full range of reading strategies, including:
During Book Club sessions and independent reading, teachers teach these skills and monitor pupils’ reading to allow them to:
We strive to ensure that our children’s attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst considering the age-related expectations for each year group. We intend that the impact of our reading curriculum will ensure our pupils are academically prepared for life beyond primary school and throughout their education journey.
In all classes in school, we promote reading for pleasure, and each class shares a class book during the week. If you would like some recommendations for what books to read at home, then look at our reading for pleasure progression spine. We may look at some of these texts in class throughout the year. If you can think of any books we should add to our progression spine, please let us know!