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Reading at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery


At our school, the teaching of reading supports pupils to develop their word reading and comprehension so as to foster a love of and enthusiasm for reading from the earliest stages. This is done through regular guided reading where texts are matched closely to pupil’s abilities and stages, enjoying whole-class texts (read by the teacher), regular author studies and visits, and by reading texts matched to their ability at home. Pupils’ comprehension skills are developed through their experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction.


As stated in the National Curriculum Programme of Study for English Key Stages 1 and 2: ‘All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.’


Pupils are supported to develop a love of reading by regularly choosing texts matched to their reading ability as well as high-quality texts from the class library to share with an adult at home. Each child has a reading record in which parents and carers can write comments about their child’s reading and comprehension – these comments are used in conjunction with guided reading records by staff.


We use the Pearson Reader books for both guided reading and home-reading so that pupils are able to practice the skills they have learned during guided reading sessions. Pupils are engaged and enthused by the wide range of high-quality texts covering a range of genres and topics. From September 2019 Children will have access to Pearson’s Bug Club which they will be able to use at home and school to read ‘e-books’ online. In guided reading, home-reading and Bug Club, pupils are given and can select books to read which are closely matched to their ability, as assessed by the class teacher each term.



Phonics at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery


Phonics Scheme

Synthetic phonics at our school is taught using the Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics programme (2007). The programme fosters children’s speaking and listening skills and equips them with the phonic knowledge and skills they need to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.


The Letters and Sounds programme enables children to see the relationship between reading and spelling from an early phase so that the teaching of one reinforces understanding of the other. Decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) are treated as reversible processes.


This is made up of a six-phase teaching programme with each phase building on the skills and knowledge of previous learning. There are no big leaps in learning. Children have time to practise and rapidly expand their ability to read and spell words. They are also taught to read and spell high frequency words, which are words with spellings that are unusual.


In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage One, daily high-quality, interactive phonics lessons are taught.


Children in Year 1 are assessed against the Phonics Screening Check in June each year. This shows whether they have met the expected standard of phonic knowledge for their age. Those children who do not meet the expected standard are supported through continuing whole-class daily phonics and additional intervention in Year 2 to support them to reach the expected standard.



Year group:

Expected Phase:


Autumn: Phase 1

Spring: Phase 1 / 2

Summer: Phase 2 / 3


Autumn: Phase 2 / 3

Spring: Phase 2 / 3

Summer: Phase 3 / 4

Year 1

Phase 4 and 5

June: Phonics Screening Check

Year 2

Phase 5 and 6