At St Luke’s CE School, we believe that it is important that children learn to read fluently as quickly as possible so they can begin to gain knowledge for themselves.
Throughout their time at St Luke’s, starting in Reception Class, our children’s reading skills are developed and extended through the carefully-planned provision of high-quality teaching in whole class, guided and one-to-one reading sessions. Regular assessment of reading at every stage ensures that we know where our children are in their reading journey: where their strengths lie and where they need further development.
We also believe that the personal satisfaction and fulfilment that reading brings has value in its own right. Reading for pleasure, both individually and with others, has a high profile at St Luke’s, with a daily class story-time, well-stocked and diverse class libraries and an annual Book Week celebration in March.
Early Reading and Phonics
At St Luke’s CE School, our phonics teaching follows the progression of the DfE’s Letter and Sounds phonics programme. Children revise previous learned phonemes before being taught a new sound, which they then practise reading and writing in words and sentences. The teacher then assesses the learning that has taken place that lesson before the next phonics session. Phonics teaching or practice takes place every day in EYFS and Key Stage 1.
We use fully decodable phonics reading books which support the children in practising and blending the sounds they are learning in school. As children master their phonics knowledge, we provide a wider range of banded books to help them to develop other skills essential to reading such as inference and prediction, and help bridge the gap into richer reading.
In Key Stage 2, the children are encouraged to read a range of texts by different authors. For example, for age-appropriate reading lists you can register for free with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education by following the links below: