At Serlby Park we aim to create a life-long love of reading and books. It is our belief that every child should be able to read for pleasure and to a high standard. We believe that every child should be given the tools to develop into an enthusiastic and confident reader both at home and at school. Reading improves language and vocabulary, inspires imagination and gives everyone the opportunity to develop and foster new interests.

Every child is taught a range of strategies to support their development to become a confident, independent reader. In Foundation and Key Stage 1, Phonics is taught on a daily basis. Children are taught from the Letters and Sounds document which enables them to segment and decode words. Once the children have learnt how to read, they can then learn to comprehend and understand the text they are reading. Children are encouraged to use these strategies independently to understand, enjoy and learn from a range of texts. Through this they will become fluent, expressive readers with the stamina to enjoy challenging texts. Book discussion is widely encouraged in class which supports them to empathise with characters, share opinions and debate topics.