Reading and Phonics

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Reading is a skill for life. We endeavour to promote both a love of reading and a good understanding of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts.

At Caton St Paul’s School we see reading as an integral part of the school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We value the importance of being a confident reader and work hard to develop children’s reading skills. We want children to enjoy reading a wide range of different books and be able to talk about books and authors.

We follow the colour book banding scheme and use a range of different reading schemes but predominately based around the Oxford Reading Tree.

Reading in EYFS

Children are given a reading book when they start reception. To begin with they have picture books. When they have a secure knowledge of Letters and Sounds Phase 2 they are given books with words. They read to an adult as often as possible (at least 3 times a week) and are encouraged to read daily at home.

Reading in Key Stage 1

We continue to encourage daily reading at home. They continue to read to an adult individually at school.

Children also have guided reading sessions once a week when they share a book in a group situation and focus on understanding what they have read. This usually follows a reading and response activity.

If you have concerns about your child’s reading please come into school and speak to their class teacher.

Reading in Key Stage 2

We teach reading in Key Stage 2 in a variety of ways. This can be in the form of one-to-one reading with an adult, shared reading, guided reading sessions and independent reading. We use a range of other reading schemes to broaden children’s understanding, interest and enjoyment of reading but once in Key Stage 2, as their reading develops, children are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books under the direction of the teacher.

We use a number of reading schemes including Reading Navigator – short stories, non-fiction and Usborne young readers, Literacy World, Orchard Super Crunchies,Badger Publishing, Pelican Guided Reading Scheme and Story World Bridges.

All children are able to take books home to read with an adult and have an adult read to them, this shared learning will help children to practice their reading skills and develop a lifelong love of reading.

As well as teaching the skills necessary to become confident readers, we have our own library full of exciting books.

Click here for a leaflet on helping your child to read at home.


Our approach to phonics is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible. We follow the Letters and Sounds programme and phonics play to support our teaching. Children are taught in ability groups from EYFS to year 3 thus enabling them to be taught according to their reading level not their age. Teaching is very precise and tailored to the needs of each child irrespective of year group.

Please click below for a link to the DFES document for letters and sounds.


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