Our Approach To Reading

At St. John’s we love to read.

Our aim is for the children to develop a love of reading as well as recognition of the vital role that reading takes in all their learning. When teaching reading we address two areas, the decoding of words and the comprehension of the text. Throughout school, reading is taught in a variety of ways – through listening to individual readers, guided reading (groups) and shared (whole class) reading. We draw our resources from a variety of different schemes, such as; Bug Club, Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat Books.

In Key Stage 1, children receive two short adult led guided reading sessions per week, whereas in Key Stage 2, the children receive one, more in-depth session. Shared Reading mostly takes place through the ‘Reading Phase’ of a taught Literacy unit, when the whole class study a text or text type as a model for their own writing. However classes also have a whole class novel that is read to them at times during the week or story time. We also have Governors and parents who come into school on a regular basis to listen to children read individually. In addition to this, children can select books for home reading from the levelled boxes and from our own new school libraries. We are extremely proud of our computerised libraries. All the children have their own barcodes, as do the books. When a child has chosen a book that they want, we scan both barcodes to issue the book. Every class has a ‘library day’ when each child can access the library. All children in KS1 receive daily phonics lessons based on the Letters and Sounds scheme of work. This is supported by the Lancashire Literacy Team’s schemes, ‘Fast Track Phonics’ and ‘Bounce Back Phonics’ should interventions be required.