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                               Prioritising reading   

        Reading is the top priority at Netherthong Primary School.  Here are some of the things we do to                    prioritise Reading…

  • Reading is identified as a priority on our SIP and our Literacy Co-ordinator is targeted with continuing to develop Reading in school and sharing its importance and new CPD with staff and governors on a regular basis. 
  • The importance of reading is regularly shared with parents through newsletters, reading sessions for parents, teacher/parent communication and reading events. 
  • Our website has a dedicated ‘Reading’ section with links to support parents to help their child’s reading journey in partnership with school. 
  • The Literacy Co-ordinator, Mrs McLoughlin, has dedicated time each week to monitor and develop reading, to ensure it stays a priority in school.  She has a folder just for Reading which covers all the plans we have in place for Reading, to ensure it stands alone as a priority subject. 
  • At Netherthong, every member of the teaching team has been RWI trained, from Reception to Year 6 to ensure that our approach is prioritised, consistent and systematic, regardless of which year groups staff teach in.  This means we are all experts in early reading. 
  • SLT and The Board of Governors regularly discuss reading at Governor’s Meetings and our literacy governor, Karen Flynn, visits the school regularly to observe and discuss the teaching of reading. 
  • Our teachers read to our children every day. 
  • We have timetabled Guided Reading and Phonics sessions across the week. 
  • Netherthong has a well-stocked library, which is a fantastic environment for children to enjoy reading and develop a love for it. 
  • A variety of groups, strategies and targets ensure those pupils who struggle with reading keep up with their peers or have the best opportunity to catch up. 
  • When you walk through our school, you will see how reading is prioritised through displays in corridors and classrooms, through carefully selected books, through books on children’s desks, through our designated KS1 area for decodable books and through our well-cared for library.