Reading – curriculum information

‘At Clifton, we believe that all children should be able to read a wide range of text types as a vehicle to life-long learning. We therefore teach the skills of reading from the youngest age and promote a love of reading for a multitude of purposes.’

We aim for all children to be reading fluently by the age of six using the systematic, synthetic phonics approach. At Clifton, we use the Read Write Ink Scheme to achieve this. This is enhanced further through our Reading Mastery approach, where we aim to develop a deeper understanding of rich and high quality texts and share a true love of reading.

As the children’s proficiency in reading develops, our emphasis changes from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn.’ We encourage all our children from the very start to read with parents and carers daily to support them to develop this essential life skill.

“I love reading because I can pretend I am in the story.” Frankie – FS2

“I love listening to stories.” Maja – Y6

“I like learning phonics because it helps me to read fun stories.” Jack – Y2

‘Staff morale is high, team spirit is very strong, and all are committed to continued improvement. This helps to explain why the school is continuing to improve’…

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‘Pupils contribute significantly to the successes of the school through their outstanding behaviour and readiness to learn’…

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‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive, commenting very positively on the school’s many strong features’…

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‘Pupils feel very safe in school because of the school’s rigorous approach to keeping them safe’…

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‘The range of enrichment activities the school provides is excellent and contributes a great deal to pupils’ learning’…

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‘The excellent relationships between teachers and their pupils ensure lessons are purposeful and enjoyable’…

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‘Teaching and learning are consistently good. As a result most pupils make good progress in reading, writing and mathematics from often significantly below-average starting points’…

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‘Children make a good start in the early years because of good teaching’…

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‘There is a very strong focus on checking on how well different groups of pupils are learning, so that any falling behind can be immediately helped to make better progress’…

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‘The highly successful promotion of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is at the heart of the school’s work’…

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‘Leaders leave no stone unturned to ensure that the very diverse school population is treated equally and that there is a relentless focus on driving up pupil performance’…

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‘The harmonious relationships among all groups, from a wide variety of backgrounds, are a strength of the school’…

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