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Portway Infant School

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Throughout the school, the English curriculum enables children to develop the necessary skills to become successful readers and writers and we place a high emphasis on enjoyment. Alongside the formal teaching of reading, phonics, grammar, spelling and creative writing, we encourage good speaking and listening skills.


The curriculum is delivered in a variety of ways such as whole class teaching, paired, group and independent learning. We are aware that different children learn in different ways and so try to accommodate all learning styles.



Our main reading scheme used in school is The Oxford Reading Tree and this is also supplemented by lots of others. We recommend that children read at least four times a week at home because we know that this has a huge impact on their fluency, enjoyment and comprehension. We have a reading reward system where children earn a badge when they have read 25 and 50 times at home and then a brand new book when they have read 100 times. 


In order to encourage a life-long love of reading, the children take home a library book from their class book corner, they visit the school library to borrow books for their classroom, they have a daily story-time and they enjoy DEAR time(Drop Everything and Read) three times a week.


We are fortunate to have a team of volunteers comprised of mainly parents and grandparents who visit regularly to listen to children read. Sixth Form pupils from the local secondary school, Woodlands, also visit on a weekly basis to hear readers. We are keen for parents to read with their child in school. At 8.50 everyday in the Early Years Foundation Stage you can have the opportunity to come into class and share a book before we register at 9.00.


Staff are  keen readers and we attend book clubs after school to make sure we are getting the most up to date quality texts for your children.  


We have a fantastic local library at Park farm. Please visit with your child as they have a wonderful range of children's books.