St. Thomas More

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Newstead Road, Leicester Leicestershire LE2 3TA

0116 2706365 | @STMleicester

Reading and Phonics

In Reading the Programmes of Study consist of two dimensions:

  •  Word reading
  • Comprehension (both listening and reading)

Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions and different kinds of teaching are used for each.

Pupils are taught skilled word reading incorporating the working out of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. The teaching of phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading.

The Oxford Reading Tree Project X and other supplementary schemes are used as a foundation scheme in both Key Stages to provide a structured vocabulary and basic reading skills through stories to which the children can relate; supplementary books, poetry and plays are also used.

The home/school reading programme is initiated in the F2 class and continued throughout the school. It is designed to extend basic reading skills through reading for pleasure and parental involvement and encouragement: this is vital for developing a positive attitude to books and to reading for a variety of purposes. As the children progress through the school a variety of reading materials are used to develop comprehension, prediction and sequencing skills. Older children are taught to discriminate between factual reporting and editorial comment and to use inferential reading skills. They use reference books as a resource for writing in a variety of styles and for a variety of purposes. The children are encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas in poetry as well as prose, and also in different art forms.

Pupils have an opportunity to develop good comprehension skills through their experience of high quality conversation with their teachers, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. Pupils are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live and to establish an appreciation and love of reading.

It is our intention that by the end of their primary education all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

Early Reading Development(Courtesy of Whatever it Takes Videos)