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At City Academy Whitehawk we believe passionately in the importance of developing a love for reading whilst ensuring that all children develop the skills they need to become confident readers of quality texts with a deep understanding of the written word.

Reading in EYFS and Key Stage One

Our chldren's journey in reading begins in our Early Years and Key Stage One classes where children are taught using the Read, Write, INC phonics programme. Children are taught a progression of sounds, their corresponding graphemes and how to blend together with the help of Fred the frog. Once children can confidently blend they are intouduced to storybooks which they will read three times in class before they bring home to share. Please see the two leaflets here for more information about readsing at home using the programme: /brighton-hove/primary/whitehawk/web/rwi_rpho_pib1.pdf 


Reading in Key Stage 2

Children in Key Stage 2 are taught reading using the Reading Reconsidered strategies for teaching. Children in every class read the same quality text with their teacher. The children are expected to write their first responce to a question, discuss their ideas with their peers and then to revise their answer to the question. The books that each year group will read can be found in our English Curriculum overview which can be read here: /brighton-hove/primary/whitehawk/web/wholeschoolenglishoverview(2).docx

Accelerated Reader Programme

All children in Years 3-6 follow the accelerated reader programme.  An explanation of which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Our Harry Potter themed library is available for all children to use throughout the school day, enabling them to change their books and to quiz when ready. Specially selected student librarians are on hand at lunchtime to help others in their book selection.


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