As Barack Obama once said, ‘reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible.’ At Willow Brook we know that words, whether they are spoken or written, enable humans to communicate their ideas and emotions and understand others. In so many ways, competency in language equips an individual to become an effective and active member of their community.
Through reading, children will learn to make sense of the world. They will absorb their cultural and spiritual ideas and build intellectually on all that they have been taught and experienced for themselves. Through writing and oracy, children will learn how to sift and craft their thoughts, justify their views and express themselves succinctly. With each year in the primary phase, well-sequenced learning builds on age related expectations and equips a child to be adventurous and independent.
Creativity is at the heart of Willow Brook’s ethos. As well as arming our children with the technical tools they need to be successful in this area of the curriculum, we aim to include regular opportunities to encourage self-expression and confidence. By weaving stimulating whole-school projects into our topic-based curriculum, we aim to guide children as they move from learning to read to reading to learn.