At Albert Bradbeer we follow the National Curriculum. For details, see our statement below:

You can find out more about what the children are learning through the year be reading the newsletters and plans on our year group pages.

The Teaching of Reading

At Albert Bradbeer we feel that reading is the backbone to all learning.

We use a banded book approach to reading. This means that we use a variety of different reading scheme books and books which are not within reading schemes. Books are graded by difficulty and labelled by coloured groups. Ranging from wordless picture books to full chapter books, they gradually increase in difficulty, length and technical elements.

To support reading we use Bug Club, which is an online resource whereby children can access books allocated by the teachers from home using tablets or computers.

Children have reading books to bring home regularly and can access the library at lunchtimes.

Children should be reading at home at least three times per week.

We also have focused comprehension lessons to support written and verbal understanding of texts. We also use specialist reading schemes to support pupils with specific reading difficulties. These are often high interest with low reading ages.

The Teaching of Phonics

At Albert Bradbeer Primary we teach phonics using 'Read Write Inc (RWI)'.

We provide a daily RWI lesson for children in Reception through to Year 2 and some children in Years 3 and 4 with phonic gaps.

The programme incorporates learning the sounds that make up our spoken and written language. Children learn to read the sounds, blend the sounds, use the sounds to build words and become confident, fluent readers. As the programme progresses and children become more confident with their phonic knowledge, they begin to read engaging storybooks and build up their comprehension skills.