Wolviston Mill Lane, Billingham, Cleveland, TS22 5LU


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St Paul's Roman Catholic Primary School



Reading Our Approach to the Teaching of Reading

Our aim is to provide an environment where a love of reading is fostered, where children can grow as readers and develop a life long love of books.

Reading begins in Early Years when children are introduced to a range of high quality books, both fiction and non fiction. Children are encouraged to share stories and lots of opportunities are provided for them to join in, retell and discuss what has been read. Children learn that print carries meaning; the “Letters and Sounds” systematic synthetic phonics programme is used to develop letter and sound relationships, tricky words are introduced and stories with simple words and sentences are used to teach children how to read.

In Key Stage One children continue to develop their phonic skills by following the “Letters and Sounds” programme and are taught the tricky words linked to each Phase as well as key tricky words for each year group. This area of the curriculum is taught daily for at least 20 minutes.
The Reading Curriculum in line with curriculum expectations is taught so children have opportunities to develop key skills in all aspects of word reading and comprehension.

Children listen to staff modelling how to read a wide variety of texts, they listen to their peers during guided reading and have many opportunities to read aloud themselves. During reading sessions there are opportunities for comprehension skills to be developed and new words can be discussed thus extending vocabulary. High quality books are used and well known authors provide a focus for a real love of stories and reading.

Reading books are taken home each night in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3.

Parents and carers are asked to share the book at home and provide their child with an opportunity to practise their reading skills. Guidance is provided by the class teacher as to how best do this. Parents and carers are encouraged to comment on their child’s approach to reading the book.
Once children are independent readers they are expected to select their own books from a wide range of quality reading material. Pupils across the school have access to a lending library so books can be taken home to share. The school uses a variety of reading schemes which are aimed at
developing different skills: phonological development, word recognition, comprehension, fluency, expression and sustained reading. The main schemes are Oxford Reading Tree and Heinemann Story Worlds, however there are several supplementary schemes used.

Pupils in KS2 also have the opportunity to access ‘First News’ a quality newspaper for children with a variety of additional reading materials to accompany the weekly issue.

Reading ages are checked at the beginning of each year group from Y1 upwards using the Salford Reading Test. Progress in phonics is also recorded and the results of the Phonic Screening Check in Y1 are shared with parents or carers.