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Curriculum Leader: Mrs Kayleigh Morley

Intent: At Pilgrim Academy, we prioritise reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. We strive to embed a culture of reading into everything that we do, providing opportunities for children to read both independently and aloud as well as allowing them the chance to discuss and recommend books that they have read to their peers. Our reading challenge encourages children to read a variety of texts at least three times a week at home; engaging parents and carers in the children’s reading. Reading in our school begins with the use of Bug Club Phonics to support the children’s phonetical understanding during their nursery education. As children progress, they will learn all the 44 sounds and the corresponding letter groups. They will then develop their knowledge of key reading skills which are embedded throughout a whole class guided reading approach. By the time children leave the school, our aim is that they will be competent and enthusiastic readers with experiences of a variety of literature.

What approach do we take to teaching reading? Early reading is taught through systematic phonics using Bug Club Phonics. As the children progress through the school, key skills are taught and developed through whole class guided reading linking with our English units of work. Children are exposed to a variety of texts to further enhance their knowledge. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum and children are encouraged to develop their own preferences of genres and authors.

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2 Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

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Pilgrim Academy Principal

Andrew Clark BA.