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Subject Intent:

To increase pupils’ prospects by:

Enabling them to effectively think like a writer and gain age appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding of reading, writing, poetry, speaking and listening.

  1. Individual growth and aspiration

R- Develop children’s knowledge through reading a variety of literature which is suitably challenging and complex. The texts children are exposed to include those at the centre of a topic, which will be mainly fiction, poetry, books children have read to them and reading scheme books.

Through reading a variety of texts, including classic and cultural, children will develop an interest in the world around them.

W- Through being exposed to a variety of literature, the children will develop a wide and varied vocabulary. In turn, this will aspire them to write.

S+L – Children to be able to speak clearly and confidently.

To be able to express themselves well enough in the written word to place them on the path towards their aspirations, dreams and goals.

To ability to read, write and use the spoken word is essential in order to success in any job which will then impact throughout someone’s life.

  1. Individual cultural identity, global citizenship and equality of all
  • Through reading a wide range of materials, recognise and understand differences exist between cultures and identities and be able to discuss that they may not be able to experience first hand.
  • To enable children to understand their place in the world.

 S+L – Discuss the cultures, equality and identities in the world.

  1. Media skills and communication

S+L + W - To be able to express themselves well enough in the written word to place them on the path towards their aspirations, dreams and goals

S+L – for children to be able to have a debate, listening and responding politely and respectfully to others to challenge their thinking and express their opinions.

S+L- To be able to understand communication received as adults and be able to deal with successes and problems that may present themselves

R, W + S+L- To be able to effectively interpret the truth behind the words

W- To use media (including social media platforms) to communicate opinions, ideas and beliefs with an audience for a real purpose with respect.

  1. Participatory citizenship and entrepreneurship

R + W +S+L - To understand their role within their community by working closely and having links with people in the community for example the School Café, Summer Fair.

W + R- To use media (including social media platforms) to build entrepreneurial skills including those which make money.

  1. Responsibility of the environment, well-being and a sustainable future
  • To gain knowledge and understanding of world events and their impact

R + S+L - To understand and appreciate the wellbeing of others and how to support them

W + S+L To be able to pass information on for generations to come

Reading Spine:

The CUSP literature spine is broad, rich and agile. Its core purpose is to expose pupils to a range of high-quality literature that gives every child a mirror in which to see themselves and offers a window to children to see a world beyond their own. This has also been reflected within the supporting texts and the thematic mapping is designed to communicate where specific moral, social and ethical issues are indicated or addressed. It remains the responsibility of class teacher’s to determine the appropriateness of material for the pupils in their class.

Each cohort will have a suite of core texts that will form the depth study for the academic year. These texts represent a promise from the school to every pupil that it serves of the literature that it is committed to studying throughout a pupil’s school journey. These texts have been mapped carefully to ensure a breadth of experiences, authors, texts and themes is addressed across the Primary years. In addition to these texts, there are core poems that each year group will study in detail. Other texts that will be studied in part will be outlined within the curriculum. This spine represents the core texts for depth study only. The literature spine has been harmonised with the wider curriculum, where appropriate. 

Reading Spine Year 1 -6

Book Bingo:

Each year group is encouraged to read each book on the Book Bingo Recommended Reading List for their year group. The books have been specifically chosen, considering Doug Lemov’s ‘Five Plagues of Reading’, diversity and inclusion, ‘modern’ favourites, literature related to history and geography units, a collection of poetry and two generally recommended reads.

Book Bingo
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