Reading Statement of Intent
Reading has a pivotal place at St. Luke's Primary School; we aim for all children to develop a true love of reading and be inspired by a good book. It is our intent to provide pupils with a high-quality education that will develop their reading and vocabulary skills, as these are integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. We know that for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum and that fluency in reading is an essential foundation for success in all subjects. As we strive for pupils to be able to read confidently and fluently with an age appropriate understanding in each year group, and to indeed read for pleasure, we focus on it right from the start and as they go through the school.
The Book Trust and UKLA have up to date, recommend books for children of all ages. Use the links below to find something new and exciting to read with your child.
Phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading when children start school. As we aim to foster a love of books, the children in Year R share stories together every day and we give careful thought to the texts we share and select. Children practice their oral storytelling skills, recall, discuss new words and vocabulary as well as join in with texts that contain repetition, rhyme and rhythm.
Early Years provides the building blocks to the foundations of reading. It is the initial stage of providing children with the knowledge and skills to be able to decode words accurately as well as developing their understanding of texts.
We teach phonics through 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' - please see our phonics information within the curriculum area on our website.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage One developing a love of reading is at the heart of everything we do. Year One children continue to read and share illustrated stories and non-fiction books. Whole class reading in Year one takes place daily. The children's phonological skills are tested at the end of Year One as they are nationally through the Phonics Screening Test.
The use of Chapter books is developed in Year Two, which allows the children to enjoy a story over a number of weeks. Here, the children predict plot lines, discuss the characters and make comparisons between authors. As a class, the children look at key texts and authors, outlined by our reading overview (see link below).
Key Stage 2
In Key Stage Two, our aim is to continue to develop a love of reading by building on the skills and knowledge that children have learned throughout Key Stage One. We intend 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 continue to establish an appreciation 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. Core texts are selected carefully to ensure that children are exposed to a wide range of genres. There is a focus on fiction and non-fiction texts each half term. These are taught through ‘focussed reading’ sessions, which focus on the teaching of statutory National Curriculum requirements. Here, children are exposed to comprehension questions and activities in a variety of formats. These aim to enhance their skills in both their written and oral work.
St. Luke’s teachers read to children every day and we have a ‘core reading spine’ outlining the books that will be read to your child (see reading overview below). Independent reading (both within school and at home) is continually encouraged.