At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. By the end of their time at primary school, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts.



Classroom organisation:

We teach reading skills as whole class lessons, so that all children have access to the age related skills and knowledge contained in the National Curriculum. Within lessons, all pupils work with the teacher to read and discuss the text they are using. This allows children of all abilities to share in both knowledge and ideas.

Phonics: Early Years and Key Stage 1:

Pupils are taught as a whole class, focussing on individual sounds, groups of sounds and common exception words within different ‘phases’. Each class uses targeted interventions to assure that all children are achieving their phonics targets. KS1 and EYFS along with some LKS2 use Phonicstracker to monitor progress and to boast levels.

During the Summer Term in Year 1, pupils undertake a Phonics Screening Test which assesses their ability to apply what they have learnt. Pupils who do not pass their Phonics Screening Test continue to have intervention to support the acquisition of these key skills.

EYFS and KS1 Reading Scheme

We have a new reading scheme call Rising Stars Reading Planet, which includes a range of fiction and nonfictions texts. The books are banded according to level of difficulty in terms of decoding words and understanding of the text into different colour bands. There is progression through each colour of the book band system, with books becoming increasingly more difficult throughout each of the bands. This scheme is structured to ensure that children have access to a wide range of texts, and allows for pupils to develop their skills within a level before moving to the next level. EYFS and KS1 pupils have a home-reading record which they are encouraged to take home daily. Parents and carers are asked to add comments to the home-reading records to indicate how much pupils have read.

Whole Class Guided Reading lessons:

Each phase will decide a text from which a whole class guided reading lesson will be based. This will be either book used for the whole term or an individual text for each lesson. Every child will have the opportunity to read and will be given a copy of the text to follow. Comprehension will be assessed through either written or verbal questioning by the teacher.  Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine whether a child is working within age-related expectations, above or below. They will base their judgements for the most part on the quality of the written outcomes pupils given after structured teaching within the agreed reading skills. Teachers may also complete reading assessments to provide another piece of evidence to support their assessment judgement. All marking and feedback is given in line with our marking and feedback policy.

Pupils also have a wide range of online resources to boost their reading ability. These can be accessed both at home and during school time. Reading Plus for KS2 children provides the children with a variety of challenging and engaging texts that are targeted individually for each child. This program also gives the teacher a clear indication of the child’s ability, by testing both reading and comprehensive skills regularly. Bug Club, which is used in KS1 and for some KS2 child, is a reading programme that helps transform children into lifelong readers. With added Grammar and Spelling, Bug Club helps children of varying abilities in all areas of their reading. Like Reading Plus, teachers are able to monitor progress as it assesses all reading skills.



 Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres

 Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all reading lessons

 Pupils will use a range of strategies for decoding words, not solely relying on phonics

 Pupils will have a good knowledge of a range of authors

 Pupils will be ready to read in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education

 Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading and home, and contribute regularly to home-school records

 The percentage of pupils working at ARE within each year group will be at least in line with national averages.

 The percentage of pupils working at Greater Depth within each year group will be at least in line with national averages