A Reading School
Sandwich Junior School places Reading at the centre of everything which we do and as the foundation stone for effective learning across the whole Curriculum. It is absolutely essential that children develop these skills of decoding and comprehension in order to access not just the Curriculum itself, but also to unlock the world around them.
Whilst we recognise that not all children are able to access the same opportunities in life, we believe that Reading is a common right which all children should be able to share and it is our aim to give every child within our school equal opportunity in this regard.
Reading forms a large aspect of our daily discussions, regardless of which stage of education we are in and is used and valued in every aspect of our practice at the school.
Storytime is an essential part of our Curriculum and enables all children to share a common text, enjoying the pleasure of discovering a new text together and inspiring them to seek out texts of their own.
Every child will be supported in selecting reading books which both enthuse them and challenge them; we would also encourage parents to share these books and discussions with their children at home.
Reading newsletters are sent home termly and are full of information about the school's reading challenges and also recommendations for how parents can access reading opportunities outside of school.
Our library is a hub within the school and is manned by our wonderful librarians who are expert at recommending books to their peers and in discussing alternative authors and genres.
The children are able to exploit the resources both within the library and within their own classrooms, giving them the ability to choose from a wide range of text types (novels, short stories, picture books, graphic novels, magazines, comics etc) to pique their interest.
Our books are designed to complement our vision of valuing Diversity and thus represent all children regardless of race, colour, faith, gender or sexuality. Children are encouraged to recognise and engage with texts and authors from all of these demographics.
We hope all our parents and visitors will share our value and love for Reading.