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Subject Leader: Caroline Ashcroft

Link Governor: Dan Johnston


At Clapham Terrace, reading is at the heart of our curriculum.  We love reading and all children are encouraged to regularly read for pleasure both at home and in school.  Children begin by learning to read and then read to learn.  Alongside word reading and decoding, we teach children the importance of reading for meaning through inference, comprehension and understanding skills.

Reading Statement of Intent

Our environment promotes a love of reading; from the inviting book corners in every classroom, to our spacious library where classes pair up with their reading partners to share books.  We also have a mobile library which is outside in the playground every playtime and lunchtime.

We are committed to enabling children to become motivated and independent readers.  We ensure that children are encouraged to read a range of genres every year; this includes class novels,  books linked to topics, free reading books and guided reading texts.  While children are learning to read, we use schemes including Jelly and Bean and Oxford Reading Tree.  Once children are confident readers, they move onto carefully selected free reading books.

Reading genre table

Reading is embedded within the whole school curriculum and takes place throughout the day.  High quality texts are used as a stimulus to develop speaking and listening, reading and writing skills.  In addition, children take part in whole class daily guided reading sessions where they read and respond to a variety of text types.

Our reading ambassadors are a group of children who meet regularly to discuss how they can share their love of reading with others.  Their job is to:

  • Promote a love for reading in our classes and across school.
  • To recommend books and authors to others.
  • To help organise whole school book events.
  • To help organise our mobile library.
  • To work with our Patron of Reading
  • Read and review new books for the library
  • Help Mrs Ashcroft select new reading material for the library and for classes

At Clapham Terrace we are very fortunate to have our own Patron of Reading – Stephanie Clarkson.  Stephanie is a children’s author who comes in to work with all of our pupils, she has led assemblies, workshops with each class and has worked closely with our reading ambassadors and CTCN journalists.

Steph Clarkson reading to the children


Phonics is taught on a daily basis from the start of Early Years and throughout Key Stage 1, following the Letters and Sounds Framework and guidance.   In addition to daily discrete sessions, phonics underpins all of the teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1.  We track children’s progress in phonics on a half termly basis.  All children sit the statutory Phonics Screen Check at the end of Year 1 where their ability to read 40 real and non-sense words is tested.  Targeted interventions are provided to ensure that no child is left behind and this support continues for the very small number of children in Key Stage 2 who continue to need it.


In our school, we are passionate about developing enthusiastic and creative writers; children are given the opportunity to write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, not only within our daily literacy sessions, but across the curriculum.

Teachers use high quality texts and real life experiences to inspire and teach writing across a range of genres.

Children develop their skills in spelling, handwriting, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and are taught how to edit and re-draft their writing.


Progression in Spelling and Grammar (SPaG) grid

Speaking and Listening

We value the importance good speaking and listening skills across the curriculum and give children opportunities to develop these skills through a range of activities including; word games, group and whole class discussions, reciting poetry, debates, drama and role play.

Associate to The Royal Shakespeare Company

This year, we have become an associate school to The Royal Shakespeare Company which provides the children with specialist workshops, tours and performances both to watch and to take part in.

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