Competence in reading is a life long skill and the key to independent learning. Therefore, the teaching of reading is given a high priority by all Burnside school staff.
We recognise that reading is a multi-strategy approach to understanding the written word. It is not simply mastering the art of decoding but involves the ability to read with understanding a wide range of texts. The texts will include fiction, non-fiction, real world texts such as labels, captions, lists and environmental print.

Success in reading has a direct effect on progress in all areas of the curriculum and is fundamental in developing children’s self esteem, confidence and motivation. It is for this reason we place a heavy emphasis on reading and enjoyment of books from the earliest stage of your child’s education.