Reading and the understanding of what has been read is a skill which impacts upon an individuals’ whole life and enables each person to thrive in their daily lives and chosen career. The acquisition of a fluent reading style and the ability to understand what has been read has a direct influence across the whole curriculum and, we believe, are key to unlocking the ability to discover, create, be imaginative, and gain knowledge and information. By listening to, reading and sharing a wide variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry) we aim to nurture a lifelong love of reading and enjoyment of literature. At William Cassidi we begin with the development of strong phonic knowledge, decoding and early reading skills progressing through discussion to build up comprehension skills, increasing vocabulary and grammar, to pupils who by the end of Key Stage Two are confident, fluent readers who are ready for the challenges of Secondary Education.
The phonics scheme used in Key Stage One (and beyond if required) is 'Success For All' (SFA).