Our mission is to ensure every child can read fluently and comprehend what they are reading. Within our daily English lessons, each pair of children have a copy of each book we study. Having the opportunity to read as a class every day is vital to children’s development as readers. Teachers teach reading well. They give expert help to those that finding reading more difficult, enabling pupils to catch up and keep up. We have found exposure to a range of high-quality books (click on specific Year Group tabs to see a list of these books) to be the best way to ensure that all pupils are able to increase their vocabulary as well as their knowledge and understanding of the world. Churchfields Junior School consistently produces outstanding results for reading, far exceeding national averages.
Adults and pupils talk passionately about the books that they read. We have developed the innovative ‘Reading Express’ which incorporates the tube map of London and instead of tube lines assigns a genre to them. The map has 250 books which we would like children to read before they leave the school. Our library is well stocked with these and 1000s of other books with opportunities every day to visit and change books. When a book has been read, a parent or carer signs the reading record to confirm this and the teacher stamps the corresponding page in the child’s reading passport.