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From the beginning of your child’s time at Monkton Park Primary, we aim to foster a love of reading. We believe reading is crucial to underpinning children’s learning and make reading a priority at our school.

We believe that every child has the right to be and outstanding reader and that it is our responsibility to ensure reading is taught consistently and progressively throughout the school.  We believe the children need the highest standards and expectations so they become confident readers across the whole curriculum.

We teach the 5 strands of reading – Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Sequencing and Retrieval right from Foundation Stage and believed that sharing books, reading to and with the children and hearing the children read is fundamental to ensuring the children have the best start to their formal education.

In the Foundation Phase and Key Stage 1 we teach reading through synthetic phonics combined with key word recognition of phonically irregular words. 

Our structured reading programme is centred around several published reading schemes (Oxford Reading Tree, Bug Club, Rigby Rocket) and this is enhanced with a wide variety of other reading books including some from other reading schemes as well as quality fiction and non-fiction written specifically for children.

Talking about books and stories supports children in reading for meaning and this is a crucial part of all individual and group reading sessions throughout the school.

Parents are actively encouraged to take part in this vital process by listening to their child read at home, reading stories to them and showing their child reading is fun through letting their children see them reading themselves. 

A reading record is sent between home and school so both teachers and parents can communicate and record progress and we actively encourage parents to come in and read with their children and support us whenever possible.

In Key Stage 2 your child will also begin to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read through more formal reading comprehension exercises. Children have regularly reading lessons and through discrete comprehension activities and though reading during other curriculum subjects, reading is seen as a priority and a valued subject at Monkton Park.

At Monkton Park we are fortunate enough to have a well stocked library where children are able to spend time and where they are able to borrow books from. We also actively encourage the children to make links with and regularly visit the town library, using the library to stock our own resources and loan to our Book Club and classes when needed.

Each year we send out recommended reads for your child’s year group and these can be found below.

We annually celebrate World Book Day and use the town’s library regularly. We also have Reading Bears which go home with the children and often have authors visit us.

The Book Trust

The Book Trust website is a wonderful resource supporting and celebrating reading and books. It is an essential website to visit.  It has a wealth of suggestions about fiction and non-fiction books. Try out the  Bookfinder,  it identifies books for all topics and interests.

Have fun!

Monkton Park School, Sadlers Mead, Monkton Park, Chippenham, SN15 3PN
01249 652395