"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child."
At Bedgrove Junior School, we want to inspire all children to become avid lifelong readers by delivering an engaging curriculum with enthusiastic teachers who ignite a passion for reading. We promote a love of reading through our high-quality guided reading sessions, class reading time, effective use of the class and school library and celebrating events such as World Book Day. We strive hard to make sure reading is a well-loved and high-profile subject that is promoted by all members of staff. We ensure that everyone at Bedgrove Junior School has access to our wide range of books which expose readers to a range of styles, authors and genres. We also want to make sure the children are immersed in texts that celebrate diversity through teaching about other cultures, identities and the history of the world.
We aim to provide all children with the skills needed to succeed in becoming independent readers. In order to allow pupils to transition to secondary school able to easily access all other subjects it is essential that all of our pupils have the skills to decode and comprehend texts at an appropriate level. Further to this, it is vital that our children are provided with opportunities to become readers who are able to analyse texts, identify authors and styles of writing that they like. By modelling and promoting ‘book talk’, we enable children to verbalise their understanding of what they have read and become confident communicators. We also aim to challenge all pupils by constantly providing them with opportunities to encounter and use higher level vocabulary.
Following recent government guidance regarding phonics, we are currently looking at our phonics provision with the intention of using a validated Systematic Synthetic Phonics programme at Bedgrove Junior School.