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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 Oxford Owl Letters and Sounds scheme to teach reading. Please see our Phonics page for more indepth detail on our teaching of phonics.

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.

Reading in EYFS

Our Early Years Foundation Stage follow Development Matters in English. Literacy is split into Reading and Writing. Please see our Reading page for the EYFS Development Matters document related to Reading.

Guided Reading in Key Stage 1

Foundation Stage start their Guided Reading sessions just after the October half-term. Each class takes part in at least three guided reading sessions per week, with each session lasting around 20 minutes. These books are not sent home with your child. During these sessions, your child will work as part of a group with an adult focusing on phonics, decoding words, comprehension and inference. These sessions are recorded in your child's Reading Record. Children read books from a variety of different schemes to enhance their understanding of phonics and vocabulary.

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 Reading Plus 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 Reading Plus, please see below.

Reading Plus

From Year 2 onwards, we use Reading Plus.

Reading Plus is a web-based reading scheme that uses technology to provide individualised scaffolded silent reading practice for students in years 3-6. 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 able to choose their own texts and rate them afterwards. 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 Reading Plus 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 Reading Plus?

Each year group are asked to complete a set number of comprehensions and vocabulary sessions in a week. (For example, Year 6 are asked to complete 2 vocabulary sessions and 6 comprehensions.) These are carried out as homework, a session during school reading time and as a morning work session. The comprehensions are designed to take no longer than 15 minutes to complete and are expected to achieve 80% or more. The speed of the text is set by the programme automatically and is based on their initial assessment results and will change over time based on their progress and achievements.

Please click on the image below to be taken to the Reading Plus log-in page.


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)Letters and Sounds(1)

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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