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Phonics and Reading


St Mary Star of the Sea follows the Letters and Sounds programme from Early Years and it is normally taught within a whole class setting with an appropriate challenging pace. Close monitoring and assessment highlight gaps and inform interventions. In Key Stage 2, phonics is taught to small groups where necessary.


"It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations--something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own."

At St Mary Star of the Sea we aim to foster a love of reading in our children. The quality texts at the heart of our curriculum are chosen carefully to match the needs of our children and we look for a balance of fiction, non fiction and poetry.

To promote a love of reading we:-

· Read aloud to children throughout the school, from Early Years up to Year 6, introducing them to new authors and styles of writing.

· Teachers model and encourage reading for pleasure.

· Each class has a book corner or a class library.

· A well stocked non-fiction library supports our Learning Journeys.

Guided reading, where the teacher works with a small group, takes place in each class, usually four times per week. Guided reading is used as a teaching and assessment opportunity.

Children have a reading book from our banded scheme (up to and including Year 6) and a reading journal. Our banded books include books from various reading schemes and ‘real’ texts. All children are expected to read with a parent or carer every night and have their journal signed. Teaching assistants check reading journals daily and reports are given to the Teacher.

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