We place a high value on reading; at Saint Mary's, we whole-heartedly believe that reading is of vital importance to all children. We believe that it is our moral duty to ensure that all of the children in our care are taught how to read and how to understand what they have read and link it to their own lives and experiences. It is taught across the whole curriculum and plays a large part in many lessons from researching evidence in history to reading word problems in maths.

Guided and Whole-class Reading

The children’s taught reading sessions will be a mixture of guided group and whole-class sessions. The guided-group sessions enable the teacher to focus on key skills they know a specific group of children need whilst the whole class sessions allow all children (regardless of their personal word recognition and phonics skills) to access, experience and discuss high-quality texts therefore preventing them for being held back by the mechanical skills of reading. These sessions will follow these guidelines:  

  1. Where possible, the texts taught and explored should be linked to either the literacy text-type being taught in Literacy lessons or the overall topic content. If possible, the text will link to both but the quality of the text the children are exposed to is more important than making tenuous links or using an inappropriate text.
  2.  The objectives will be taken from the National Curriculum and EYFS curriculum with an emphasis on the reading domains. Teachers will use ongoing assessment to aid their planning.
  3.  In EYFS and KS1, links will be made between phonics/spellings and reading to strengthen the children’s understanding. In KS2, this will happen when necessary for those children who still need these links to be made explicit.
  4.  The reading planning will cover a cycle (usually of at least two weeks) where the children will be able to get to know and properly explore a text extract. They may also look at links between different texts. They will be taught a mixture of skills and comprehension strategies that reflect what they need.
  5.  All reading work will be marked in line with the school’s marking policy.

Reading Books

As part of the RWI scheme, children in EYFS and KS1 (possibly some children from lower ks2) will begin to read books that link to their RWI phonics group. This is to ensure that home reading books are closely matched to their current phonic ability. Children will also be able to choose books to read for pleasure and share with parents/ carers .

For years 3 and above, we use books from the Pearson reading scheme. All our books use the standard colour book banding system.

What do Book Band levels mean?

Please click on the link to find out.

Book Band Levels