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At Boyton, we know that reading and being read to has a significant impact of children’s achievements in school and beyond into adult life. Before we consider independent reading for pleasure, we need to give children the opportunities to hear spoken words, have stories read to them and told, listen to poems and rhymes and hear a wealth of spoken language that they can use in storytelling and play...this can start at home. 


Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it! So we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible.


Our Reading Spine Rationale:

At Boyton, we teach children both how to learn to read and to read to learn. Learning to read focuses primarily on the phonics skills of the children and being able to decode and blend sounds to read. This also includes alien words and high frequency words. Reading to Learn focuses primarily upon the reciprocal reading skills children require to read for pleasure and to develop subject knowledge. These reciprocal reading skills are taught explicitly in our daily guided reading lessons, in groups or whole class. We plan our English lessons around high quality core texts, which may also link to the topics and themes for that term. 

We want to inspire  passionate, enthusiastic readers who have the opportunity to be immersed in high quality texts, that hook them in! To support this, we have introduced our Boyton Reading Spine. It is a progressive book list that runs from Nursery to Year 6. We have selected varied book choices of all genres, poetry, traditional stories, fiction and non-fiction. It also aims to recognise favourite authors and texts, introduce new writers, celebrate diversity and inclusion and above all inspire imagination with memorable characters, places and events.


What is Read, Write Inc? 


We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell. RWInc provides a  structured and systematic approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing. Chat to your child's class teacher and have a look at the resources below to see how you too can support your child in the early stages of learning to read.


Inspiring Early Readers / Phonics - Parent workshop