Miss Carty & Miss Davies
Hi, we are Miss Carty and Miss Davies, we work closely together to combine our expertise of early reading and RWI Phonics
(Miss Carty) and upper school reading and reading strands (Miss Davies). This means that we are a great team and instil passion
in our children.
A quote I often refer to is…
‘Teach a child to read, and keep that child reading (and talking) and we will change everything. And I mean everything’
We see first hand the impact stories and books have on children’s knowledge , imagination and passion for learning. All of our children
from nursery to year 6 enjoy a wide range of reading material, anytime, anywhere. They are encouraged to select high quality
texts from their classroom libraries, share and discuss stories and take books home.
Key texts allow for discussion on fundamental British values e.g. The Boy at the Back of the Class (Respect and Tolerance),
Rainbow Fish (Respect and Tolerance & Individual Liberty) and The Butterfly Lion (Rule of Law). All year groups have diversity
libraries with a range of books that explore the protected characteristics at an age appropriate level. In the Early years these
books are explored at the end of the stay during story time.
Reading is at the heart of all civilised cultures. It is one of the major ways in which we communicate. Being ‘well read’ is considered
a cultural boon. The vast majority of our known history has been passed down in writing, and therefore, accessing this collective
history is of significant cultural value - and one of the ways in which we measure our social togetherness.
Reading gives everyone access to the most important and significant matters that have arisen in our history: spiritual texts
and ideas, moral concepts and thoughts - and as outlined in the ‘Cultural Capital’ section, is essential to the social and cultural
glue that is integral to civilised life.
Oral storytelling, pictorial representations and expression through written word have existed since the earliest civilisations.
Over time the nature of books and habits of reading have evolved but the fundamental benefits of reading remain. Reading invokes
memory; prompts questioning; encourages reflection; challenges thinking; triggers emotion and drives self-growth. At MCPA we
believe reading is for everyone; and with the right book your brain develops as it gains wider vocabulary, along with different opinions,
places, cultures, and languages. Class texts underpin the understanding of difference as a positive; represent and celebrate individual characteristics and strive to actively promote equality & diversity. Reading drives cognitive development; boosts children’s imaginative powers and stimulates brain function in such a way that nurtures both clarity and curiosity about the world around them.
Trips and enrichment
ESA Book club
Little people big dreams library
North City Library
National Storytelling week
Black History Month