The reading curriculum at William Booth Primary aims to not only develop children as confident readers, but to instil a lifelong love of reading that impacts on all other areas of learning and improves their overall life chances. It is seen as a fundamental aspect of all areas of our curriculum and is used to drive learning in other subjects. The reading curriculum aims to teach children about the world around them including learning about people, places and events outside their own experience. Our reading sessions also play a significant part in helping to close the vocabulary gap. This leads to more highly-developed language skills and improves a child’s ability to write well. Reading for pleasure is an important part of our daily timetable and is a time when children can choose their own reading material and engage in high quality book talk with their teachers and peers and become really excited about reading. Our weekly reading assembly is designed to further develop these skills, introducing children to texts and authors – opening their eyes to a host of reading material. Children in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 have daily phonics lessons to develop their reading skills and build their fluency. We follow the Revised Letters and Sounds scheme. Children in Key Stage 2 study novels with their class to further develop their skills of comprehension as well as engage them in a love of books.