Reading at Thomas Fairchild
Reading is at the heart of our curriculum at Thomas Fairchild. We empower children to be fluent and confident readers through a structured and creative English curriculum with high-quality texts at its heart.
Reading for Pleasure
Alongside technical reading skills, we place great emphasis on reading for pleasure and endeavour to develop a lifelong love of reading in our children. Teachers read to their pupils every day and children are motivated to read widely both inside and outside of school.
At New Wave, we have created reading pathways to develop children's reading in lessons, at home and when reading for pleasure so that every child sees themselves as a reader. Within each year group, multiple copies of core reading for pleasure books are available for children to read, enjoy and discuss. You can view these texts in the links below. Alongside these each class reading area has a wide selection of texts which include picture books, novels, short chapter books, graphic novels, poetry anthologies and non-fiction texts.
In Nursery, we follow a book-based curriculum. Each topic that they learn is linked to a high quality and engaging picture book as well as non-fiction texts. They also enjoy daily storytime, so all children are read a story at least once every day. Our team is highly skilled in prompting child-led book talk when reading to encourage early language development and instil a passion for books.
The curriculum in reception is underpinned by a book based approach. All learning is linked to a high quality and engaging picture book as well as non-fiction texts. Story time is timetabled every day so that children can enjoy at least one story each day. Our team is highly skilled in prompting child-led book talk when reading to encourage early language development and instil a passion for books.