‘One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world.’ 

Malala Yousafzai 


At Claines CE Primary we believe that Reading and a love of books are at the centre of our lives:

‘To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelt out is a spark.’ (Victor Hugo)


Through reading children can expand their dreams and knowledge and take their lives beyond their everyday experiences. Our curriculum is planned around high quality texts to engage young minds, promote discussion and explore the wonderful world of language. 


Writing is how we express what we know, feel and imagine: it communicates the spoken word by painting the writer’s voice on the paper. Opportunities we provide need to be purposeful, engaging and allow the child’s imagination and creativity with words to develop. We understand and value that this expression of our thoughts involves discussion, drama, speaking, drafting and editing and is rooted in our love and understanding of what we read. 


The interweaving of reading, writing and the spoken word will create the confidently literate voice of the future.