Reading is the gateway to knowledge. Until a child can read fluently and independently, other areas of the curriculum remain hard to access. We therefore place great emphasis on teaching children to read as early in their school careers as possible.

Novels, plays and poems form an integral part of many lessons, with not only the reading and comprehension of a text being significant, but also how themes, styles, structure and language are used. Whole class, small group and independent reading activities enhance speaking, listening and writing tasks, develop reading skills and encourage personal enjoyment and enthusiasm for reading.

Spelling, handwriting, vocabulary, grammatical accuracy and creative style are all developed to high standards. The children’s written work is regularly shared and celebrated at Maple Walk during Good Work Assemblies. 

As well as participating successfully in national literacy competitions, we also have in-house awards for public speaking and the Craigmyle Poetry Competition.

Our aim is to have all children reading independently by the end of Year 1. To achieve this we need the support of parents, who are asked to read to and with their children
every day. 

We teach reading by means of synthetic phonics, the traditional method of associating letters with sounds that has been proved to be the most effective way to teach children to read, including children with learning difficulties.