Teaching Reading reading

The Teaching of Reading (incl. approach to phonics, KS1 & KS2 reading strategies)


In partnership with parents we encourage all children to learn to read as quickly as possible. We have a clear focus on the use of phonics and also understanding of the text – comprehension.

We use Letters and Sounds as a key strategy for early phonics development as well as resources that are designed and recommended by our own highly trained Every Child a Reader teachers.

Whilst the school uses a range of reading materials and schemes, the key schemes used are Bug Club and Oxford Reading Tree, which also supports our Achievement Mentoring assessment.


At St. Margaret’s Church of England Primary School our aim is for the children to:

  • Become enthusiastic, competent readers who can read with fluency, accuracy and understanding.

  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of literature.

  • Develop research skills using non-fiction texts.

  • Be able to use a full range of reading strategies e.g. phonics, word recognition, graphic knowledge, picture and context clues.

  • Have an interest in books, read for enjoyment and provide them with a wealth of texts and story patterns for their own writing.

  • Develop the skill of silent reading.

  • Develop imagination and critical awareness through reading experiences of the best examples of traditional and modern literature.

  • Become proficient in the use of more advanced reading skills such as inference and deduction.

  • Have experience of group, shared and individual reading.


    Our aims are achieved through:

  • Meeting the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum. Teacher’s planning ensures coverage of the objectives through various high quality texts.

  • Individual, group (guided and Reciprocal Reading) and whole class reading (Shared Reading) during daily English lessons and across the whole curriculum.

  • Comprehension skills being formally taught so that strategies are in place to enable the children to develop and use higher order skills such as inference, deduction and criticism of texts.

  • Daily phonic sessions in line with Letters and Sounds, using a programme developed by Achievement Mentoring, which is used within Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 as necessary for the progress of individual children.

  • Each child taking part in weekly Reciprocal Reading sessions led by the class teacher or teaching assistant under the guidance of the class teacher.

  • Individual children being heard read weekly by the class teacher or teaching assistant as necessary.

  • Children whose progress in reading is a cause for concern being targeted by reading with an adult daily and/ or participating in Intervention Programmes such as ECaR, Switch On or Reading and Inference Training.

  • Regular reading at home monitored by class teacher. Student planners being used by parents in conjunction with class teachers to ensure communication between home and school. In Foundation Stage children take home 3 books at a time – a home reader, the book they read in Guided Reading that week and a book from the library.

  • Children’s Student Planners being monitored weekly.

  • The use of a reading reward system through our whole school St Margaret’s Reading Competition whereby children who read for 40, 60 and 80 times per term receive a bronze, silver and then gold certificate and badge.

  • Every child accessing the ‘Active Learn’ website (both at home and in school), which is designed to develop children’s reading through fun and engaging online games and activities.

  • Use of reading targets to enable children to work towards improving their own reading to the next stage for development.

  • Regular class story sessions at FS, KS1 and KS2 used to share short stories or a class novel.

  • The study of a different author every term (Author Focus).

  • Younger children reading with a more experienced partner (Reading Buddies from Year 6).

  • Visits to the school and local library.

  • The promotion of reading through the Learning Environment, annual Book Week, author/ poet visits, during annual Meet the Teacher sessions, new intake meetings and parents sessions in FS and KS1.

  • The opening of our KS1 Library, KS2 Library and Learning Resource Area to children and parents after school to choose books and resources around areas of interest.

  • The use of parents as Big Reading Champions to hear children read individually.



Junior Reading Club - Tuesdays 3.20pm

Everyone welcome from Year 3 – 6

Please get a letter from inside the library, your class teacher or from the school office. 



We are opening the Infant Library

(in School Atrium) on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to enable parents and children to come share and change books.

Please bring your child’s Students Planner with you which has a barcode to scan the books onto your child’s account.




We are opening the Junior Libraries on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school to enable parents and children to come share and change books.

Please bring your child’s Students Planner with you which has a barcode to scan the books onto your child’s account.

Is your child on track for the new end of term Reading Awards?

Every read at home counts…….sign Student Planners

Bronze – 40 times (same as approx. 3 times every week), Silver – 60 times (same as approx. 5 times every week),

Gold – 80 times (same as approx. 7 times every week)



Calling all parents & grandparents to be Big Read Champions.Please come in on Wednesdays 2.50-3.15pm, to the area outside Year 1 near the main entrance, and help your child’s school by sharing a book with a child.