At St. Patrick's CE Primary School, we believe every child deserves to be a reader and the most important skill any child can leave primary school with is the ability to read independently and effectively for meaning and enjoyment. Our aim is to develop a lifelong love of reading for everyone at our school.
The importance of reading and phonics at St Patrick's CE Primary School
Reading development is seen as a partnership between home and school.
Our aim is that our children will develop a love for reading. Reading is central to our curriculum and we believe reading is a vital skill that will support children’s learning across the whole curriculum. This is why in our shared reading of class books, we choose high quality literature to widen children's knowledge of authors and explore diverse topics, cultures and characters. At St. Patrick's, we will ensure that our children are taught to read with fluency, accuracy and understanding through a variety of discrete and cross-curricular learning opportunities. Above all, we want children in our school to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers who enjoy reading and read for pleasure. Reading and writing skills are strongly linked, so good reading fluency and understanding leads to improved application and confidence in writing and more ambitious knowledge and use of vocabulary. Therefore, reading regularly and widely has great benefits for writing.
We teach reading from Foundation Stage to Year 6. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, reading groups linked to phonics assessments, shared reading, cross-curricular opportunities and independent reading.
Please see the Phonics page for information on how we teach Phonics and resources to support your child at home.
Our reading curriculum has three strands:
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, there is a synthetic phonics programme in place, which is taught systematically using Read Write Inc. In Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books and access the Accelerated Reader program. After children have read their books, they complete book quizzes independently to show their understanding. Star reading assessments every term, using the same program, give information on the range of books that children should be reading and their reading ages. Therefore, progress of each child’s reading journey is tracked. Please see the Guide for Parents to Accelerated Reader below for further information.
Parents are encouraged to support reading at home and children read daily. Children in EYFS and Year 1 take home a phonically decodable book matched to their learning in Phonics. Each child in school has an individual reading record where reading is recorded and tracked and is a means of communicating development to the child, parent and teacher.
Here are some helpful questions when reading with your child.
What does shared reading with the whole class look like?
Opportunities for reading
Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through: