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At St. Peter’s Catholic Primary School, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading. Therefore our intent regards Reading and Phonics is to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

Reading Records

Reading Records are used daily throughout EYFS - Year 6. Older children also are able to record their reading in these records independently. We ask that all parents listen to their child read regularly and record a comment about their progress and understanding in the reading record. Please view the documents under Reading Information for Parents below for further information.

Phonics and Reading

In EYFS and KS1 we follow the Letters and Sounds Little Wandle’ scheme to teach reading. Please see our Phonics page for more indepth detail on our teaching of phonics.

A Phonics information Evening for parents is held each year by our school's Phonics and Early Reading Subject Leader and your child's class Teacher. At this meeting we will talk to you indepth of what we teach, how we teach and why we teach phonics and reading skills as well as providing you with many activities and resources that you can use at home to support your child.

Each week your child will take home 2 books:

  1. Phonics Phased Book - This book is matched to your child’s individual phonics level. Your child’s teacher makes continuous phonics assessments based on their reading throughout the year, these assessments will inform your child’s phase level. All words contained within this book should be decodable for your child.
  2. Reading for Pleasure Book - This book is chosen by your child from their class library. It is a book for children and parents to share together. The aim of this book is to promote a love of reading.

Please read at home as often as possible and write in your child’s Reading Record Book.

Click on the image below to find activities and information about how to support your child with their reading at home.


Reading Practise Sessions in EYFS and Key Stage 1

Children take part in a small group Reading Practise session three times per week. The same book will be read each in each of these 3 sessions with a different objective for each read. The first session of the week will focus on developing decoding skills, exposing your child to the graphemes that they have already been taught. Each book will be 90% decodable so that the children will develop more independence in reading and feel achievement even in the first few weeks of the Autumn Term. The second Reading Practise session will focus on the skill of fluency, children will re-read text that they are familiar with as well as copy the phrasing modelled by their Teacher. The third Reading Practise session will look at comprehension skills, how well the children can answer questions about what has happened in the text and use pictures and words to find the answer to a question. These books will also be sent home for your child to read throughout the week. Books must be in your child's bookbag each day.

Teachers will continually assess your child's reading ability and match them to a reading book which is appropriate to their current learning.

On a Friday afternoon, EYFS and KS1 have a 'Book Club Reading Assembly'. During this time they share a story, talk about books they have read that week and receive a certificate if they have read 4 or more times at home in a week. Please see 'Reading Information for Parents - KS1' at the bottom of this page under the heading 'Reading Information for Parents' for further information on the structure of reading in Key Stage 1.

Oxford Owl

As well as the books sent home each week, your child has access to hundreds of decodable books through the online website Oxford Owl.

Please click the image below for the Oxford Owl website to access school reading books. Click ‘my class’ login on the website and then enter the details below for your child’s class.


Reading in Key Stage 2

At KS2 the children use Read Theory and have their own personal reading book, chosen by them. They also take part in at least three class reading sessions per week. Please see 'Reading Information for Parents - KS2 at the bottom of this page under the heading 'Reading Information for Parents' for further information on the structure of reading in Key Stage 2. For more information on Read Theory, please see below. Those children who are still accessing our phonics scheme in KS2 will continue to use Letters and Sounds ‘Little Wandle’ and be assessed regularly.

Read Theory

From Year 2 onwards, we use Read Theory.

Read Theory is a web-based reading scheme that uses technology to provide individualised scaffolded silent reading practice for students in years 2-6. It aims to develop and improve students' silent reading fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. All children are individually assessed and each have a programme designed to ensure that progression is made. Children are also informed when they log on of the progress they are making, giving them a visual aide to want to improve.

St. Peter's have chosen to use Read Theory to:

  • Compliment reading that is already taking place in school
  • Encourage reluctant readers to have ownership of their own reading and progression
  • To further develop fluency and sight-reading skills, as well as vocabulary

How do we use Read Thoery?

Each year group complete a set number of comprehensions and vocabulary sessions in a week. These are carried out as homework, a session during school reading time and as a morning work session. Read Theory determines a students’ level and then assigns them passages that are tailored to their abilities. As the children begin to show improvement, they’re presented with slightly more difficult passages. 

Please click on the image below to be taken to the Read Thoery log-in page.

read theory

Recommended Reading Books

Please see the document below for recommended reading books, suitable for different age groups.

The Book Trust also have a section for recommended books. Please click on the image below to be taken to their website.

Book Trust(3)

Key Stage 1 Useful Websites

Please use the website links below to help support your child with their learning of reading.

Phonics Bloom(1)Phonics Play(3)Classroom Secrets Kids(7)download

Reading Information for Parents

If you have a child who is either a reluctant reader, or who struggles with reading, please watch the video below for information and guidance on how to support them.

Struggling Reader

Reading Progression Map

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