Cumberland Infant School & Little Cumberland Pre-School

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Reading at Cumberland

Reading is a fundamental skill that supports children’s learning across the whole curriculum and helps a child reach their full potential. At Cumberland, we aim for our children to become life-long, confident and reflective readers who love and enjoy reading widely and often.


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  • Teach a high quality systematic synthetic phonics programme so that children become effective ‘word readers’.
  •  Enable children to read confidently, fluently and with understanding through a variety of discreet and cross-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Provide access to a print-rich environment throughout the school to widen the children’s vocabulary and stimulate their interest in reading.
  • Provide early readers with a high quality range of decodable books for Home Reading.
  • Provide a wide variety of high quality, inspiring and exciting texts (including songs) that children love and enjoy.
  • Develop children’s interest in words and their meanings to cultivate their growing vocabulary.
  • Develop strong partnerships with parents/carers to enable them to best support their children when reading at home.

  • Teaching and Learning approaches
  • Cumberland teaching strategies include whole-class teaching, guided group work and one-to-one support.
  • Teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage is based on the area of learning Communication, Language and Literacy from The Early Years and Foundation Stage (EYFS) statutory framework.                                              
  •  In Key Stage 1, teaching and learning of reading is based on the 2014 National Curriculum for Reading.
  • Children are assessed against the Early Literacy Goals and national age-related expectations.                   
  • Pupil provision is personalised to the needs of the child through differentiated planning.
  • Children in need of further support are identified through ongoing assessment and receive targeted reading support.