At St. Luke's, reading is an absolute priority. We aim for all pupils to develop a true love for reading and be inspired by a good book.
We know that if children are to access the wider curriculum, succeed in life and indeed read for pleasure, they need to read well by the age of 7. Therefore we have high expectations in terms of planning, delivery and ensuring that all children, regardless of background become fluent readers. As we strive for all children to be able to read confidently and fluently with an age appropriate understanding in each year group, we focus on it, right from the start and as they go through 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.
In Foundation Stage, we aim to foster a love of books, instilling a lifelong love of reading. 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.
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. 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 Year 2 to 6 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. 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 (see Year 2 to 6 reading overview below). These are taught through ‘focussed reading’ sessions, which focus on the teaching of statutory requirements. Here, children are exposed to comprehension questions 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 Year 2 to 6 reading overview below). Independent reading (both within school and at home) is continually encouraged within Key Stage Two.