Reading

At St. Luke’s we aim to promote a genuine love of reading, where children choose to read for pleasure.

  • In Foundation Stage we focus primarily on the teaching of the first 45 Reception Keywords using a ‘hands on’, ‘fun’ signing program called “Sign & Shine”. Children are taught to sign, speak and read keywords in groups of 12. When they can independently read their first 12 keywords they are presented by the Head Teacher with their first independent reading book from the “First Words” scheme, in our Achievement Assembly. We also have a weekly guided read in small groups where we talk about books.
  • In K.S 1 we continue with the “Sign & Shine” approach moving children through their keywords with the support of the 16 books from the “First Words” reading scheme. Children also have the opportunity to borrow books from their class library to read at home.
  • Alongside this we include a phonics program, “Funky Phonics,” which incorporates signing and suits the kinaesthetic learner (practical, hands on activities).
  • Running parallel to this K.S1 and K.S2 use the “Big Cat Reading Scheme” which allows us to offer a structured approach to their reading. A wide range of alternative books are available to enable us to broaden children’s reading experiences.
  • Guided Reading – within Years 1-6 children read weekly with an adult in a small group. This allows the children to read, share, discuss and question a wide variety of fiction and non- fiction texts, poetry, play scripts, comics, newspapers and magazines etc. During these sessions children are taught how to develop their fluency, use of expression, and understanding.
  • Bug Club Reading Scheme is a banded scheme used to support guided reading. This also offers an online facility for children to access alternative e-books from home.
  • For children not meeting age related expectations in reading, one to one interventions incorporating keywords and phonics, “Read, Write, Inc”, “Toe by Toe” and “Ready, Steady, Read” are put into place where appropriate for each individual.
  • Reading at home – children are encouraged to “Go for Green” and read at home at least three times a week. Parents are invited to write comments about how well their children are doing with their books at home in their child’s “reading record”. Children are rewarded for consistently achieving green.
  • When children become fluent readers they move on to choosing their own books from the school library, broadening their reading choices, extending their vocabulary and developing their love of reading.
  • Reading Progress is measured termly, new reading targets are then set and are shared with parents in “Pupil/ Parent/Teacher Meetings”.

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