Reading at St. Columba’s

Reading and Phonics

At St Columba’s we encourage children to develop a love of reading through broadening their reading experiences. As they progress through school, children will experience a variety of reading opportunities and expectations will change.

In EYFS and KS1, children are heard to read regularly. This can be individually or in small groups. Children will receive reading books to take home from our reading scheme and experience listening to a variety of stories. They will also begin to learn phonics through our Read Write Inc scheme. As they move through the key stage, children will also begin to develop their verbal and written comprehension skills.

In Lower KS2, children are heard to read in small groups and will continue to receive books from our reading scheme to take home. The children will be encouraged to supplement their home reading books with other material from class libraries. As they progress through the key stage, they will broaden their reading by experiencing a variety of text types, lengths and structures. Children will also continue to develop their verbal and written comprehension skills.

In Upper KS2, children continue to be heard to read in small groups. They are encouraged to read independently at home and talk about their reading with parents or carers. Children are welcome to borrow any reading material from the class libraries, reading scheme or are offered the opportunity of free choice reading material. As they progress through the key stage, they will continue to broaden their reading experience and deepen their understanding of various texts, expressing this verbally as well as in written comprehension.

At St Columba’s our school reading scheme includes books from:
• Read Write Inc
• Ginn
• Oxford Reading Tree
• Project X

For parents, more information about our phonics scheme entitled ‘Read Write Inc’, including videos and tutorials, can be found at https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/