St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Learning and Growing as Children of God.


Reading at St. Mary's

Reading is taught whole class from Year 2 to 6. These reading sessions follow a structured approach, three times a week. In Year 1, guided reading is taught in ability groups.


Our reading provision ensures that the teaching of reading skills is frequent, sequenced and progressive. We teach the key reading skills through VIPERS, which links in with the content domains as set out in the National Curriculum.


The Accelerated Reading scheme is used in KS2, with books housed in our library to enable children to choose their own reading books (that are of an appropriate level/challenge). This scheme can be accessed by children in KS1 once they are secure in reading books within ‘Lime’ band.


Home reading books for children in EYFS and KS1 are carefully selected and are closely matched to each child’s phonetic knowledge and ability. In addition to this phonetically decodable book, pupils are encouraged to select another book, which is of interest to them, to encourage reading for pleasure.


Teachers assess reading regularly using formative assessments, hearing children read and through ongoing monitoring of Accelerated Reader. Summative assessments are carried out each half term using Rising Stars materials and at the end of the year using NFER tests. These end of year tests provide children with a scaled score, which is used to benchmark pupils and to track attainment and progress.


As well as Accelerated Reader, we also use Salford Reading materials in order to monitor children’s reading and comprehension ages. At St. Mary’s, we celebrate whole school events to promote reading and encourage reading for pleasure.