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Within the areas where our children live, 35% of adults have no qualifications and we know that this can impact on the support that our children can access. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend a wide range of texts. We want our children to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge that they gain from texts.

By the end of their time at Asquith all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject. We do not put ceilings on what children can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any child’s ability to make progress. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop word reading and comprehension skills and we aim to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills that are being taught in school.

We aim to provide children with a literacy-rich environment, high quality texts and inspiring opportunities which will help them to;

  • Gain a life-long enjoyment of reading and books
  • Read accurately, fluently and with understanding
  • Apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed
  • Be able to read with expression, clarity and confidence
  • Develop a good linguistic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar
  • Read and respond to a wide range of different types of texts
  • Develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence and empathy.