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At St. Luke's, reading is an absolute priority.


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.




We aim to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

We aim to enable our children to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information, developing an appreciation of different authors
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • Provide opportunities to explore global issues through reading. Develop empathy, and the ability to argue effectively, considering different viewpoints




At St. Luke's, every class has an inviting reading area for children to enjoy, containing a focus author and a range of fiction and non-fiction books. Children are read aloud to daily and they have great access to books for reading in school and at home. Every class will visits the library to develop library skills throughout the year.

  • At St. Luke’s, we teach phonics following the scheme Letters and Sounds. Discrete phonics lessons are taught in Year R, 1 and 2. Children enjoy using a range of multi-sensory resources to support their phonics learning.
  • On-going assessment of children's progress against the phonemes learnt takes place and the books children take home to read and enjoy are carefully linked to each child's next step in reading. Children also choose an Oxford Reading Tree colour banded book to enjoy at home.


Focussed Reading lessons

  • From year 2-6, children partake in focussed reading lessons linked to National Curriculum Objectives to support their progress in word reading and reading comprehension. There is a focus on fiction and non-fiction texts each half term.


Hearing your child read

  • Children are heard to read individually and during guided or focussed reading lessons throughout school. We also have support from volunteer readers and school governors who also hear children read across the school.