Reading at Clyst St Mary Primary School

Our approach to reading at Clyst St Mary Primary School is to develop fluency, comprehension and a love of reading. Individual reading at school, together with guided reading groups, both teaches and assesses reading and the Benchmark book banding assessment tool enables judgements about reading ability and progression. The coloured book banding scheme is followed until children are competent and fluent readers when ‘free reading’ choices enables the development of individual reading preferences and breadth of understanding.

Phonics: The Department for Education and Skills Primary National Strategy’s “Letters and Sounds” systematic synthetics phonics programme is followed at Clyst St Mary Primary School starting at the Foundation Stage and throughout Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2. This scheme teaches and supports children through the phases of phonics learning in whole class, small group and individual phonics interventions as required.


The opportunities, organisation and provision for the teaching and learning of reading are as follows:

• Shared reading; Children in Classes R,One and Two take part in individual and group reading at least once a week.

• Guided reading: All children in all classes are grouped in ability and take part in a weekly guided reading session.

• Independent reading: In Classes R, One and Two children have a book sharing session each day. Children in KS2 read independently at least three times a week.

• Phonics: In Classes R,1 and 2 we follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme for 20 minutes each day. Children work in ability groups across the three classes. In Class 3 ‘The Early Reading Scheme ‘is used.

• The ‘Early Reading Scheme’ is used in Classes 4 and 5 as a reading and spelling intervention programme.

• Resources – A book banded reading scheme operates across the school which comprises of a range of different schemes. Children work their way through the Key Stage One and Two schemes and then become free readers.

• Links to parents – Each child has a reading record book which logs books they have read and comments about their reading. Parents and teaching staff write in this book.

• Library – we have a school library which is run by Mrs Conabeer. Each child visits the library on a regular basis to change their book.  Teachers regularly give input to the class about how to use the library effectively and also offer guidance on book choice.

• Class books: Stories are read to the children on a daily basis throughout the school. In Key Stage Two classes this takes the form of a class novel.

• Reading at home : Children are encouraged to read at home every day – this is given high priority.