At St Peter’s, a love of reading is encouraged and promoted throughout the school.
There is a real emphasis on children being exposed to good quality texts from an early age.
A love of reading is also fostered and celebrated in activities and events such as World Book Day, author visits, paired class readers, weekly reading certificates presented in Celebration Assembly and storytelling.
Children receive interactive, fun daily sessions to develop their phonic knowledge and understanding. From EYFS through to KS1, children are supported with their decoding skills for reading and writing, in differentiated phonic sessions. At St Peter’s we use the synthetic phonics programme, Letters and Sounds to support our phonics practice.
Throughout KS1, and lower KS2, the children progress with their reading following a book banded system. Two reading areas, Donaldson and Dahl, offer a wide variety of banded books to engage children whilst supporting reading development through a structured approach. The range of books within each band encompasses both fiction and non-fiction and offers breadth, stimulation and challenge to pupil’s reading experience.
Children move onto the next band following the judgement of teaching practitioners. Once children have progressed through all the book bands, they are encouraged to become ‘rainbow readers’ and enjoy selecting from a range of quality texts.
Our fully working school library is open throughout the day for frequent class visits, guided reading sessions, additional phonics sessions or free reading. At lunchtimes, teachers have daily sessions in the library to hear children read, and school librarians are available to suggest appropriate book choices to their peers and younger children.