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English at Birchen Coppice Academy

At Birchen Coppice Academy, English is taught wherever possible through our ‘NICER’ curriculum. This ensures that children receive a vocabulary rich experience and planning is linked to the Real, Immersive and Purposeful learning outcomes each term.

Our focus on reading ensures that the skills of reading are taught, along with encouraging a love of reading through the school. Our ‘Read to Succeed’ policy will tell you more about how we teach reading at Birchen Coppice.  Children will first read books linked to their phonic ability and then progress through a range of books within their book band ability. Initiatives such as Reading Miles, and Reading Ambassadors support our commitment to ensure every child leaves our school being a successful reader.

Home Reading Policy

Reading for Pleasure

Read to Succeed

Phonics Policy

Reading Ambassadors


Reading Ambassadors are chosen for their love of reading, their willingness to share this passion with others and enthusiasm to promote reading throughout the school.

Reading Ambassador roles and responsibilities:

  • Promote a love of reading across the school.
  • Recommend books to others and talk about their favourite authors.
  • Demonstrate exemplary reading behaviours and be an excellent role model for others.
  • Support pupils with reading in the library at lunchtimes.
  • Keep the library and book areas tidy.
  • Be the voice for pupils across the school.
  • Support our whole school reading mile challenge.
  • Participate in reading observations. 
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