Great importance is placed on reading at St Cuthbert’s and for this reason children are exposed to as many different genres, authors, stories and non-fiction texts, from Nursery to Year 6, as possible.
We have a comprehensive reading scheme, complied mainly of Ginn Reading Books, but which has been boosted with a range of additional books chosen to fill spaces in the reading scheme from engaging ks2 readers, books for boys, key word books for early readers and a range of subject topic books for the more advanced readers. All children in the school have an on going reading record and are heard read throughout the week.
In EYFS and KS1 children are heard on an individual basis as much as possible, once a day if time allows it; they also take part in a guided reading session during the week. In KS2, timetable restriction means that all children participate in a group reading session and individual children are heard read throughout the week if they still need the support. Each child has a reading record that is passed onto the new teacher at the beginning of each academic year. This ensures progression for the child and avoids confusion about what has been read and what has not.
English lessons often include reading from different text types and group reading activities and other curriculum subjects often incorporate the children reading from a range of different genres and text sources.
St Cuthbert’s has a very active and organised school library, and all children are openly encouraged to use these facilities, the Literacy Co-ordinator, alongside Year 6 pupils, organises special reading sessions, drama sessions and author sessions held in the Library during lunchtimes.
All classes have access to a range of reading materials for children to use. EYFS and KS1 ensure that story time is a regular feature of their school day and all KS2 classes have at least 2 class readers that they study throughout the year.
Reading Comprehension sessions are taught throughout the school, a variety of resources are used and sessions range from whole class, to group work to independent activities.
All children at St Cuthbert’s receive weekly (at least) reading homework. Most children have reading to complete but can also have reading comprehension activities or work based on their class readers.
St Cuthbert’s follows the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. All children from Nursery to Year 2 have 3 phonics sessions a week. In EYFS and KS1 children are given regular phonics homework and encouraged to learn their sounds independently. By KS2 those children who have not completed phase 5 of the Letters and Sounds programme are given additional lessons by a member of staff up to three times a week. All other children in KS2 follow the National Curriculum objectives for spelling. All classes have differentiated spelling groups, all children have weekly spellings that they have to learn and are tested on once a week. In addition children may receive additional homework based on the spelling patterns they are learning for that week.