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At Hankham, we develop a love of reading and writing through a variety of fun and engaging activities to enhance the curriculum. These include: author visits, World Book Day and mixed age reading partners. We also promote the Library Summer Reading Challenge.

We are also involved in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals Book Club.  Stories can fuel children's imagination and raise awareness of new possibilities. The SDG Book Club aims to encourage young people across the world to learn about the SDGs in a fun, engaging way and help them realise what actions they can take, empowering them to make a difference. 

We follow a phonics programme, which focuses on Systematic Synthetic phonics teaching.the DfE approved Twinkl phonics programme, which focuses on Systematic Synthetic phonics teaching. Each year group is taught separately with a discrete daily Phonics lesson with additional phonic activities throughout the week. EYFS focus on Levels 2, 3 & 4 while Year 1 focus on Level 5 and Year 2 focus on Level 6 . Letter formation is also a focus with pre-cursive in EYFS and cursive from Year 1 .

We encourage the children to access a range of enriching texts to develop good comprehension and foster a love of reading. Reading Champions in Year 6 help to promote the love of reading throughout the school. Cracking Comprehension is used as an additional tool to teach the different reading skills and develop comprehension across the school. 

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