Curriculum

Please see below for information about the curriculum at Hexton School.

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The Curriculum Overview

Reading

There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.

Jaqueline Kennedy

At Hexton JMI School, we believe that life is enriched by reading.  We value all forms of the written word and want children to develop a love of language that lasts a lifetime.

In reception, children begin their reading journey by listening to stories, joining in with songs, rhymes and poems.  Phonic knowledge is central to pupils learning to read and the school follows a systematic approach using Twinkl phonics.  This rich reading experience continues in KS1 as pupils develop a broader vocabulary, begin to read more independently and are exposed to more books, authors and genres.

In KS2, texts from a wide variety of authors are shared with pupils as they begin to share and reflect on their reading experiences in school and at home.  Accelerated Reader is a web-based programme that supports teachers’ assessment of pupils’ reading.      As pupils develop their comprehension skills, they are able to explore more sophisticated and multi-layered texts.  Guided reading enables pupils as they develop their responses to texts.  Reading is the gateway to the whole curriculum and fluent independent reading is crucial to success in life.

While reading, it is important children read about characters and settings that reflect children’s own life experiences and the wider world they live in.  Books are selected carefully and thought is given by all adults about the texts we choose to share with children. 

Pupils are heard read on a regular basis by adults who are committed to pupils developing fluency and a love of books.  The school is relentless in its ambition for children to go on to their next stage of education as confident readers who have the strategies needed to succeed in school.  The SENco provides further support to class teachers, teaching assistants and parents in ensuring pupil progress in reading.

We promote reading engage pupils in reading in various ways including:    

  • Class story or daily reader
  • Guided reading
  • Participation in book events
  • Links with the local library
  • Author visits to school
  • Information in newsletters
  • Magazine subscriptions
  • Drama lessons
  • Book assemblies
  • Online events
  • Parent workshops

 

Useful websites for parents include:

https://www.lovereading.co.uk

https://www.pearson.com