Chilwell Croft’s reading curriculum is designed to foster a love of reading that will last a lifetime. We aim to provide a reading rich environment which is built upon high quality texts that provoke discussion, debate and deepen emotional intelligence and empathy.? We believe that all children should be exposed to a range of texts from a wide range of authors – often with stories that challenge our understanding of the world around us.? It is imperative that our texts connect with the children and our community, having characters and settings which reflect that of the lived experience of our children.? Therefore, we aim to use aspirational texts, which can inspire and motivate.

Curriculum Implementation:

At Chilwell Croft Academy we use the Read, Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach discrete phonic lessons and early reading in EYFS and Key Stage 1.?? Through this structured and pacey programme children gain the phonological knowledge (at the appropriate stage) they need in order to decode and become confident and fluent readers. A phonetical decodable book is given each week, which builds upon previously taught and existing phonic knowledge.

The Phonics lessons are built upon: Pace, Praise, Purpose and? Participation all to develop a passion for reading.


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Curriculum Impact:

Our reading curriculum will help the children:

Gain a life-long enjoyment of reading and books.

  • Read accurately, fluently and with understanding.
  • Apply a knowledge of structured synthetic phonics in order to decode unfamiliar words with increasing accuracy and speed.
  • Ensure our pupils are able to read with expression, clarity and confidence.
  • Develop a good linguistic knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.
  • Read and respond to a wide range of different types of texts.
  • Develop a deeper level of emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject to prepare them for their forthcoming secondary education.