The Power of Reading
At Offham we firmly believe that children's literacy is improved when our English teaching sequences are based around high quality, powerful texts. When planning our overarching teaching topics we therefore look to also put together a collection of books to use, in conjunction with the theme, that are emotionally powerful; books with storylines and plots that allow opportunities to explore dilemmas, challenges, morality and ethics; protagonists that children can identify with. But above all, texts take you inescapably into the world of the book - a book you can lose yourself in. These books include narrative, poetry, traditional tales, texts with powerful illustrations, and interesting non-fiction texts.
All the books we choose offer in depth and real writing experiences, meaningful study of literary styles and rhythms, opportunities for response that is creative and open-ended, all whilst keeping children engaged with the characters and the story as a whole. The teaching sequences respect the authenticity of the text, scaffolding understanding and subject knowledge, showing children examples of real and powerful writing and text construction from which they can learn.