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Power of Reading

At Alexander First School our English curriculum is underpinned by 'The Power of Reading'. This is a resource and training programme which uses quality children’s literature and creative teaching approaches to support our pupils in developing a love of reading and writing.


How are the texts used?

A quality text is used as the basis for learning over several weeks. Children explore and discuss the text through creative activities. They also write in a range of genres as part of the unit. For example they might write a letter in role as a character or write a newspaper recount about the events in the text.


Reading aloud is a key part of the Power of Reading. The strategy enables all children to access quality texts. Reading aloud also enables the teacher to model expressive and fluent reading to the children. Children then echo what they have heard read aloud in their own writing.


Why have we chosen to introduce the Power of Reading at Alexander First School?

• We chose to introduce the Power of Reading as part of our focus on further raising standards in Literacy. It was introduced in September 2020 to complement RWI. 

• Analysis from previous cohorts has shown that reading comprehension isn’t as high as reading accuracy. The Power of Reading helps to develop inference and deduction and comprehension skills. It also involves children regularly writing in different genres and creates a more cohesive learning experience.

• Recommended texts used in the Power of Reading have strong PSHE links. This is has strong links to our school aims and values.  

• Literacy is at the heart of the curriculum and the texts facilitate a range of exciting cross curricular work.

Below is a poster explaining our use of the Power of Reading