At Redhill Preparatory School, one of our secrets to success is ensuring children form excellent reading habits and develop a passion for literature that fuels high-powered learning. Last year, almost 80% of children left our Year 6 class with a reading age well above their chronological age. The Literacy Changes Lives report established a link between literacy and life chances - its importance cannot be overstated. Reading is the syntax to learning across the curriculum, so it is our top priority.

Excellence in anything is achieved through a series of small steps performed repeatedly that compound into something great. A perfect example of this is how we help children succeed by instilling positive reading habits that lead to high academic standards and a passion for reading that Redhill children demonstrate. At Redhill, a committed group of skilled staff nurture a love of reading and equip children with the skills required to be skilled multi-disciplined readers.

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.’ Aristotle

The mission starts in Early Years. For children who have attended our Montessori Nursery it has often already begun. Upon entry to our Prep School, teachers deliver traditional phonics instruction enhanced by online activities accessible at school and home. On the first day of each new term every child goes home with a reading book, beginning the cycle of daily reading. Small class sizes enable all children to read for a range of purposes. They are listened to regularly and each day is rounded off with a story.

In juniors, our children become skilled readers. Quality literature is embedded in our curriculum and each class has a novel read aloud by their teacher. There is a focus on subject specific vocabulary, especially in mathematics and science. Our reading scheme is broad and our library shelves well-stocked. Children are not in a race to move off the scheme. Daily SQUIRT sessions (sustained, quiet, uninterrupted, independent, reading time) are prioritised in the timetable.  

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Parents are an integral part of their child’s reading journey. At Redhill we build close working relationships that link home and school in a productive way. By sharing helpful hints, reinforcing the importance of daily reading and being readily available to respond to parental questions. In that spirit, please click on the link and download our advice sheet. We hope it helps. For more information please visit www.redhillprepschool.co.uk.

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