Great Marsden St. John’s is a reading school.

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,) shared (whole class) reading and Story time.

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, one focused on phonics and vocabulary and one focused on comprehension. The books that they read during these sessions are closely linked to their phonics learning and knowledge. They then take home the book that they have read in Guided Reading for further practise at home. All children in KS1 also receive two 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.

In Key Stage 2, the children receive one, more in-depth Guided Reading session with the class teacher each week. In that sessions they are taught one reading skill. The remaining sessions of the week will be focused on activities to build upon the skill taught in the guided 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.

Class Teachers, TAs, Governors and parents listen to children read individually in school on a regular basis. In addition to this, regardless as to whether parents have opted into homework,  children can select books for home reading from the leveled boxes. Children will be directed to the Home Reading Box that corresponds to their Guided Reading level.

Children also have access to the school libraries each week.  Every class has a ‘library day’ when each child can access the library. This is an opportunity for the children to choose any book that they wish.