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National Curriculum Rationale

English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.

To support children with their reading at home


Please bring in your home reading

books and diaries every day.


We would like the children to read as much as they can and for you to help them and make sure they understand what they are reading by asking them questions about what is happening.


  • Children are expected to read at home for at least 15 minutes every day
  • Adults both in school and at home are kindly asked to initial diaries when listening to children read and to sign them at the end of each week.
  • Reading books should be changed twice a week, but if finished, then they can be changed more often. 


Children will also benefit from knowing these common words: