Our Reading curriculum is varied and comprises of whole class, small group and the individual teaching of reading, through the use of high quality and age appropriate fiction and non-fiction texts. Skills of blending and segmenting are taught from Reception, developing decoding and sight recognition to build fluency in reading. Comprehension skills are taught in conjunction with fluency skills, teaching pupils the strategies to understand what they have read and to use model texts to support their writing. We believe that by building fluency and comprehension successfully in our pupils, we are enabling them to gain enjoyment from reading. Pupils are introduced to a range of authors and poets throughout their time at St Ann’s, allowing them to find their personal preferences and develop a love of books. Each year groups studies key authors and genres, to give pupils a varied experience of both modern and classic texts, challenging them through new vocabulary and texts structures.
We have high expectations of pupils and ask that parents support this with our ‘5 times a week’ reading rule as part of pupils’ homework.
In order to help children in KS2 who still may find reading a challenge, we use Reading Plus in every Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 class. Reading Plus is an adaptive literacy solution that improves fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, stamina, and motivation and is used to help our students become proficient readers. After completing an initial assessment, children access Reading Plus three times per week for 20 minutes at a time. They are also able to log on at home and continue to challenge themselves outside of school.
St Ann's Virtual Library
Please take a look at our Virtual Library. Books are added to it over time. Great if you want to listen to a story!