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Swaffham CE VC Infant and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!


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Reading is at the heart of everything that we do at Swaffham VC Infant School. Reading should be enjoyable and pleasurable and this philosophy is underpinned in all the different ways that we teach the children to read.


Children are taught to read words through phonics (the sounding out of words) and reading tricky words which are learnt to read on sight. We then read these words in sentences and paragraphs. Children are then taught the skills to understand what they are listening to and reading and this called comprehension.


These skills are applied across the curriculum for the children to be 'readers' who read for purpose and meaning.


We are proud to host various reading events throughout the school year to get parents and guardians involved in the fun of reading, these include: Dad's/ Uncles/ Grandads Bacon Butty and Books, Stories and Sandwiches and Reading Cafes.



Children are never too young or old to listen to or share picture books!

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We strongly recommend that you read to your children as frequently as you can at home in addition to them reading their school reading books to you. We have incredible picture books that the children can take home and borrow for free! Listening to stories increases children's vocabulary, understanding of the world and impacts on all areas of their development and learning!


We have strong links with our local library and the children get the opportunity to visit the library, join as a member and take out books. When you enrol at the school we will give you an application form for your child to join.

We use our amazing school library for children to read for pleasure, enjoying stories with their friends and teachers. The children participate in 'book talk' where they discuss the story that they have read and give reasons why etc.


If you click on the link you can see our whole school reading curriculum map.

Reading Leader: Miss Wellings (Class Teacher, Phonics & Reading Lead) 

Reading Link Governor: Sue Chittock