Children become readers from the moment they learn to love books and stories at an early age. At Castle School, we promote a love of reading and actively encourage this across school on a daily basis. Reading is shared or independent depending on the ages and needs of the pupil.

Literacy for All

In Castle School we will deliver a literacy curriculum that is accessible to all.  Our curriculum is mindful of each pupil’s individual needs and learning styles and recognises the need for a multi modal-approach (such as signing and symbols), supported by a range of multi-sensory activities to foster understanding and enjoyment of books, stories, plays and poems.

The semi-formal curriculum will develop the early stage of reading and writing and will foster learning that is repetitive in order to gain concrete skills. Pupils will have the opportunity to gain early memory and thinking skills in order to sequence and retell texts. Pupils will be supported to enhance early writing skills, including gross and fine motor. Phonics will be developed, and skills taught to support learners early reading skills.

These aims are embedded across our ‘my communication’ sessions and the wider curriculum. We will provide purposeful opportunities for reading, writing and discussion. We will use a wide variety of text and resources to motivate and inspire our children. Teacher’s also ensure that cross curricular links with topics and themes are woven into the programmes of study.

Developing independent thinking

The formal curriculum will encourage pupils to become independent readers and writers and to develop individual opinions based on a wide genre of texts. Pupils will be able to read high frequency words fluently.  They will have access to a higher-level reading scheme, as well as developing reading for pleasure. Pupils will access writing activities that develop their creative skills.

Our children and young people will foster a love of literacy in stories, poems, books and drama and will be enabled to access these as independently as possible.  They will develop their skills of communication and the reading and writing processes to the best of their ability.  Literacy will be taught not only in discrete lessons but across everything we do encouraging learners competence in both functional and creative situations in their adult life.