At St. Luke’s, we understand that reading is a life skill, which will allow our children to access more than just the curriculum. We believe that every child should have access to quality, inspirational reading material (in both fiction and non-fiction genres) so that they develop a keen interest in the written word, which will remain with them throughout life. We aim to establish an appreciation and genuine love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. We strive to instil in our children the sense of excitement, fun and pleasure that can be derived through reading. Reading supports all areas of the curriculum and impacts heavily on writing ability.

It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils can read fluently, and with confidence.

Steps to Read

From Reception to Y6, we also follow the Steps to Read programme which is a daily 30-minute whole class session promoting both fluency and comprehension skills. The children work in pairs in order to ensure everyone is confident to access the text being studied. Each lesson follows a 4-step approach consisting of: Read, Model, Practise and Apply. The children learn strategies including: skim reading and highlighting evidence. The texts used are of high quality and allow the children to explore new vocabulary.

In Reception and KS1, children are placed into Guided Reading groups and read a suitably levelled text with a targeted learning focus. Each week, three books are taken to read, reinforce and promote a love of reading at home. A reading record is kept between home and school.

In KS2, Guided Reading is an intervention, where twice a week a group of children will work on a suitably levelled text with a targeted learning focus. At least three times a week, the children, who are off-track or not reading at home, are listened to read in school.

There is an expectation for all children to be reading at least four times a week, with incentives such as the class reading race track and raffle tickets being used to promote this.

Reading for pleasure is key if children are to love reading. Our children have access to a well-stocked class reading area, which contains books that are relevant, of high interest and topic specific. Our children enjoy taking a reading for pleasure book home alongside their banded book.

Click on the links below to see each year groups progression document in reading.

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