At St Luke’s Catholic Primary School, we are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become competent and successful readers who develop a genuine love of reading. Reading skills are the key determining factor for a child’s future academic success and reaching their full potential (World Literacy Foundation) and as we are committed to encouraging our pupils to become lifelong readers, reading lies at the heart of our curriculum. Reading is a priority so that all of our pupils can access the full curriculum.
We provide language-rich classroom environments and a curriculum where children are exposed to high quality language in a variety of forms.
At St Luke’s, we want our children to develop a love of reading and a good knowledge of a range of authors.
Our pupils’ reading journey starts in EYFS where they are taught Phonics using the Little Wandle phonics scheme. Phonics lessons continue in Year 1 and for some in Year 2, where children work, at their own pace, through the different phases. In Year 2, this is complimented by The Literacy Company's Pathways to Spell.
Using The Literacy Company's Pathways to Read scheme, Whole Class Guided Reading lessons take place in in Years 2 - 6. Teaching reading to the whole-class means that children of all attainment bands are immersed in the same high-quality literature and the discussions that these texts promote (Crosby, DM).
All children at St Luke’s are read to for at least 15 minutes a day. Class teachers work hard to ensure that texts shared within class are challenging and high-quality. They often show cross-curricular links, thus providing many opportunities for purposeful discussion across the wider curriculum.
At St Luke’s, ‘Reading for Pleasure’ is at the heart of our reading policy. Throughout the year, events are planned to promote reading for pleasure in the school community and within our classes, children are regularly given time to independently read a book of their choice. The reading areas in each classroom are a stimulating and attractive environment. They are designed to engage the pupils and inspire them to read. They contain a range of reading material and pupils are actively involved in the management of the reading corner.
We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop their reading skills. We encourage daily reading at home by sending home reading books from our reading scheme. Parents and carers have the opportunity to record comments about their child’s reading using our school website.
Children will leave St Luke’s as competent, confident and independent readers who possess a genuine love of reading.
We work with other schools within FAVSP to moderate planning, lessons and books; ensuring that progress is being made across all year groups. Assessment for learning is ongoing and our staff assess attainment in reading regularly, through both formative and summative methods. Children read regularly to adults in school and complete summative assessments at the end of each term.
The teaching of reading is monitored by leaders through learning walks, book scrutinies and Pupil and Teacher Voice.
Pathways to Read is a programme designed to equip pupils from Year 2 onwards with key skills to move them through the reading process towards becoming competent and fluent readers. To support this approach, clear detailed lesson plans and resources are linked to high-quality texts. Pathways to Read ensures engaging and purposeful reading lessons.
The units can be used thematically alongside the Pathways to Write programme to encourage a whole school curriculum approach with the opportunity for topics to link across all year groups. Both programmes compliment one another.
Pathways to Read follows a mastery approach to learning with three categories of skills developed each half term:
- Ongoing skills - linked to text choices and achieved through selection of teaching activities
- Core skills - prediction, vocabulary development and retrieval
- Mastery skills - 2-3 objectives are focused on for pupils to master over the course of the half-term
Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. Based on the original Letters and Sounds, but extensively revised to provide a complete teaching programme meeting all the expectations of the National Curriculum and preparing children to go beyond the expectations of the Phonics Screening Check.
Please visit our dedicated Phonics page for further details about this scheme.