At Bradford Academy we aim to develop a love of reading so that our children become life-long readers. We strive for our children to read for enjoyment and for purpose. We want to use reading to inspire our learners to write for a range of purposes and to develop their own unique style. Children are given opportunities to write for a range of real purposes and audiences in the hope that they develop a love of writing as well as honing the required skills for their age. Our intention is for children to leave primary school as confident readers and writers, ready to continue building on these skills in secondary school.
All adults at Bradford Academy promote a love of reading and develop an inspiring and creative writing curriculum based upon high quality texts. English is taught for a minimum of one hour a day and all lessons include an element of both reading and writing. Guided reading is taught three times a week and children are guided through a range of texts by an adult. Accelerated Reader is a program used by children in years 2 to 6 which allows children to take quizzes based on books they have read. As a school we have developed our own prize system which means children can win book vouchers and trips to book shops.
The children at Bradford Academy make accelerated progress in their reading and writing. They develop skills to read a range of texts allowing them to analyse and evaluate genres and purpose. Children can use their reading and writing skills across the curriculum in order to meet targets and access other resources. Children are able to critically evaluate what they are reading so that they can make informed decisions about the texts that they access both in school and out.
Staff are well trained and regularly monitor children’s progress to ensure that they are engaged in activities that develop their skills and help them grow in confidence. Staff provide many and varied opportunities for children to develop their speech through careful questioning and a range of interesting activities. Children are safe and happy and play well together.