Reading @ St Mary’s

Reading in the classroom.

At St Mary’s we use a balanced approach to the teaching of reading. Teachers skilfully apply different approaches to reading at different stages including shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, 1:1 reading and reading aloud to children. All children receive a daily reading session with either a focus on fluency, where appropriate, a purposeful independent task or a carefully planned taught session focussing on a specific skill. In our reading sessions we use challenging, engaging texts across school. High quality evidence from reading sessions, covering a wide range of skills, can be seen in the children’s reading books.

Reading at home.

Every child in school has access to high quality texts that are available to take home and read as well as a home reading diary. In KS2 children use the library to change their own reading books. All children who are accessing phonics will be sent home an Oxford reading book that closely links to the phonics phase they are currently working on in school as well as an appropriate reading book that will generate a love and enjoyment of reading.

St Mary’s Reading List


Phonics Progress

All children in EYFS and Year 1 access daily phonics teaching that follows the Letters and Sounds Programme. The daily teaching incorporates revisit of previous sounds taught, the introduction of a new tricky word and a new sound. With then time to practice and apply the new sound. We believe phonics is vital in enabling children to become fluent readers and is best taught through quick paced, engaging activities where children have the opportunity to apply both previous and new learning in reading and writing. Children are taught to segment and blend words and are encouraged to use correct terminology.

All KS1 children are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge throughout the day in all subjects when reading and writing. In EYFS children are encouraged to apply their new knowledge when accessing all areas of provision.