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Markyate Village School And Nursery

Markyate Village School and Nursery
  1. About Us
  2. Curriculum Core Subjects
  3. English


Purpose of Study

English continues to be at the centre of primary education. A high-quality English curriculum will teach pupils to speak and listen effectively and to read and write fluently, so that they can communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings with others and with the world around them.

 National Curriculum English.com



Our philosophy

At Markyate Village School, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves. Our reading curriculum strives to foster a lifelong love of reading.  We cultivate the behaviors that they will need to be discerning readers as they read frequently and widely using self-regulation strategies and discuss what they read. This curriculum is delivered through our Read Write Inc-based phonics scheme, a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers.
It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Therefore, the link between children’s motivation to read and reading for pleasure is reciprocal. Furthermore, we know that reading for pleasure is beneficial not only for reading outcomes, but for wider learning enjoyment and mental wellbeing. Thus, we work hard to foster a love of independent reading and build communities of engaged readers. We understand the significance of parents and carers in supporting children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, so we endeavor to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home.
Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum.  We are committed to promoting a love of reading, by not only giving children opportunities to read in English Lessons with an adult, peer or independently, but also through whole class reading activities and through the wider curriculum too. See below for an overview of our reading planning.

Reading Long Term Plan - Year A (2021-22).pdf

Reading Skills Progression Information (2021-22) pdf 


Our philosophy

Being able to share and develop ideas through a piece of writing is a key skill for all our children to learn.