Reading at Harlesden Primary School
At Harlesden Primary School we are keen to nurture in our pupils a love of reading and books. Many exciting and rewarding activities are arranged in school to promote the pleasure and knowledge that can be gained from books.
Book Weeks include visits by published authors, skilled storytellers from many cultures, performances by professional theatre groups, making books, using drama, dance and music to illustrate texts. Pupils are surrounded by a wide range of books to give the opportunity to an informed choice about books they want to read and share with others, whether at school or outside school.
Our Approach to Reading and Phonics
Children in Reception follow the synthetic approach using the Read Write Inc programme. It is an approach to teaching phonics in which children learn to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. In Key Stage 1 our school is following Letters and Sounds - with the aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. In Key Stage 1 and 2, in addition to Read Write Inc and letters and sounds, we also have daily guided reading to develop and deepen the skill of reading across the school. Children who are new to school or country (once assessed) are introduced to the reading scheme that is appropriate to their reading level.
Pupils at Harlesden Primary School are encouraged to read for pleasure. Classes in each year group across the school also visit the local library - Harlesden Library throughout the year.
Below you find the reading overview for each year group - outlining the specific skills that relate to the year.