'Do to others, as you would have them do to you.' Matthew 7.12
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”
Every child at Trinity is encouraged to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information. We have a wide-ranging reading scheme from Nursery to Year 6, through which we aim to teach children to read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Every child is given a book to read at home from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, starting with wordless ‘pre-reader’ books, succeeding onto phonic-based books for Key Stage 1. These books are written with a mix of high-frequency and decodable words to develop a range of reading strategies. Our books become progressively more challenging as our children’s fluency increases, and cover a wide range of genres and subjects. To complement our Home Reading scheme, children take part in a weekly Guided Reading session, using books from the Collins Big Cat scheme.
Trinity uses a synthetic phonics approach to teaching reading in its early stages. There are two crucial things to learn; that sounds are represented by written letters, and how to blend the sounds together to make words. All children in Early Years and KS1 are given a daily synthetic phonics session to build these fundamental reading skills, and this support is extended into Key Stage 2 for children who may need additional support.
Literacy at Trinity embraces a wide range of genres, purposes and opportunities for speaking, listening and writing. We actively encourage our children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, and ensure that children acquire a wide vocabulary. Above all, Trinity strives to offer a challenging, stimulating Literacy curriculum in which children develop a real sense of awe and wonder.