“Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.” NC 2014.

Reading is one of life’s most essential skills. At St. Luke’s we aim for all children to develop a love of books, enthusiasm towards their reading skills and to grow to be confident, competent readers.

Foundation Stage 

The children in Nursery and Reception are exposed to a ‘print-rich’ environment of signs, labels, books, key words, display and role play that all give opportunities for reading.  There are also book areas where the children can enjoy sharing books, listening to stories and reading.

Nursery children will begin by bringing lilac books home and this type of book helps children to build language and really get stuck into exploring settings, characters and orientation of books.

Reception children have weekly guided reading sessions and will begin to bring pink books home when they are ready. They will then progress through the book bands according to their pace of development.


Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One the core reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree supplemented by Collins and Rising Stars.

We use a tool kit called ‘PM Benchmarking’ to get a true and accurate level for your child. This helps us to decide which level your child should be reading in different scenarios –

Home/individual reading 95%-100% accuracy, not more than 1 mistake in 20 words. Children should find their home reading ‘easy’ so they achieve and enjoy their books!

Guided reading with a teacher in a small group: 90%-94% accuracy, no more than 2 mistakes in 20 words. This happens at least once a week and will be at a challenging level for the reader. This can have a greater impact than 1:1 reading.


Shared reading e.g. a harder text read as a class 80%-89%, 3 or 4 mistakes in 20 words. This will happen when exploring a shared text to develop children’s writing skills and comprehension skills.

Developing comprehension skills is as important as fluency.

Children will progress through the bands at different rates so please do not be competitive about your child’s progress it is important that they are choosing books from the appropriate level. If you ever feel your child is at the wrong level please do talk to the class teacher immediately.

Key Stage 2

During their time in Key Stage 2 the children’s reading develops, allowing them to move off the reading scheme and become free readers.  Less time is spent hearing the children read individually and more time is spent on group reading activities where the focus lies on comprehension.

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