At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School we aim to foster a love of reading in all our children. All classes have stories appropriate to their age group read to them. Phonics is taught through discrete daily sessions from EYFS to Year 2 and regular sessions in KS2. The school follows the Letters and Sounds guidance. Children learn individual letter sounds and how to blend and segment in Reception. During Years 1 and 2 children learn sounds represented by two or more letters e.g.ee or ch.
All children in the school read individually with an adult. The Children read books from reading schemes which have been colour banded according to levels of difficulty.
In Key Stage 2 children read short novels of their choice or books from the banded reading scheme which has been extended to include books at an appropriate level. All children are required to share these books with their parents at home, in order to develop their decoding and comprehension skills. Reading is also taught through group guided reading sessions, in KS1 using books from Ginn, Collins Big Cat, Songbirds, Read Write Inc, PM Story books, DK Eyewitness Readers and picture books by significant authors. In KS2 the Longman scheme is used as well as short extracts from texts, novels and specific texts such as leaflets or letters.