At St Michael's we aim to ensure our pupils develop a love of reading and:

  • Read with confidence, fluency and understanding whilst using a range of independent strategies to help them enjoy and understand their reading.

  • Understand the sound and spelling system (through Read Write Inc) and use this to read accurately.

  • Have an interest in a wide range of texts and read for pleasure and information.


At St Michael's we teach phonics, primarily using the ReadWriteInc  systematic,synthetic phonics reading scheme.


In Nursery we teach phonics through Letters and Sounds Phase One which focuses on listening skills, music, songs and rhymes to support phonics skills in Early Years. We use a variety of fun activities and the outdoor environment to tune children's speaking and listening skills. When children are ready, they move to learning the picture and sound card linked to ReadWriteInc.


From Reception and into Key Stage One and Two where appropriate, we teach phonics through ReadWriteInc which supports children in learning how to read and write. Children learn in small ability groups; learning sounds, reading words, reading books and writing.


All our teachers and teaching assistants are trained ReadWriteInc teachers and deliver a phonics session to their group once a day. (please see attached ReadWriteInc information for more details).


Children will bring home Phonics homework to support the learning of sounds and ‘tricky red words. ’Parental support is, as always, essential for their success and progress in reading.



From Year 2 when they are ready children develop their reading skills through daily sessions in Accelerated Reader reading time. Children are assessed each half term using a Star Reader Quiz so that they are able to choose books within a reading range that will help them to build their reading skills and enjoyment of reading. When they have practised reading their books and can read them fluently and discuss them, they take a short quiz linked to the books that they have read. These quizzes enable the children to practise the reading skills that they work on in their class reading sessions: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, summary and sequence. Teachers monitor this daily reading, support children with their work and guide them with book choices within their ability reading range. 


Reading Lessons in KS1 and KS2

Children in Year 1 to 6 have a weekly, whole class reading lesson to help them develop their reading skills. In this lesson they will practise a specific skill or skills. This is guided work by the class teacher and then time is given for children to practise the skills through partner work or individual tasks. 


Reading books 

Children who are accessing phonic lessons will bring home a book linked to the text that they are reading in ReadWriteInc lessons. They will also bring home a book that they have chosen to read for pleasure or have read to them. 


Children who are accessing Accelerated Reader lessons will bring home their Accelerated Reader book. 


Children are asked to read daily at home. 


We are developing our library at St Michael’s and will soon be opening this so that children can use it to choose additional books, both fiction and non-fiction, to read at home or school.


Our reading curriculum

We have chosen carefully selected texts from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), as the focus for reading in our English lessons. These include fiction, non-fiction and poetry from a range of high-quality authors.  In addition to these texts teachers also select books to read to the children at the end of each day. This encourages love of story and reading for pleasure.


Parents as reading teachers.

Children begin their reading journey at an early age with adults sharing books with them, asking them lots of questions, having conversations, singing songs and rhymes or by having fun with words but this doesn't need to stop when they get older. Older children continue to enjoy being read to and talking about the texts that they are reading.


Michael Rosen tells us - 

•‘From the day our children are born (yes) to the day they tell us to stop, we should read to them’