We pride ourselves in being a 'reading school'.
We truly believe that reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.
At Hooton Pagnell, we provide a reading-rich environment throughout the school. Children in all classes enjoy novels read by the class teacher, participate in guided reading sessions, whole class reading, individual reading and reading in other areas of the curriculum.
We LOVE Reading at HP
"Really enjoy the recommended reads." Parent February 2022
In Adventurers and Navigators (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6), the majority of our learning in English stems from our class novels. Pathfinders (Year 1 and 2) begin novel study when they have secured their phonics knowledge.
We recognise the power and opportunity created from reading engaging texts, which we always choose with great care. It is human nature to love a good story; our aim is to excite and engage our learners in deep thinking about reading comprehension strategies.
The main benefits of novel study for us are (in no particular order):
Engagement and excitement for learning (at the end of a session, we want to leave the class wanting more);
Expanding reading skills (including word recognition and retrieval, but focussing mainly on inference skills and locating evidence to back up our ideas);
Improving speaking and listening skills (we love having intelligent conversations and debates about the themes we come across in books);
Increasing knowledge of language and vocabulary (we hardly ever leave a word or phrase unexplored);
Developing social skills (we learn how to empathise with the characters in our book, often putting ourselves in their shoes);
Exposing pupils to other cultures, periods of history or simply circumstances outside of their own (we believe that a good novel can open the door to all of this).
"My child does absolutely love reading and is making fantastic progress thanks to the hard work of the staff at Hooton." Parent, October 2022
"Early reading is delivered with consistency, It starts straight away in Reception. Pupils enjoy taking part in lessons and learn to read quickly."
Ofsted - September 2022