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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’


Reading Statement

​At The Divine Mercy RC Primary School, children will learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, using a range of independent strategies to self monitor and correct. They will enjoy a wide variety of texts, becoming lifelong readers and learners.

Teaching Approaches and Provision

When do we read?
  • Literacy lessons
  • Cross-curricular research
  • Individual/silent/paired reading
  • Guided reading
  • Shared reading
  • Peer reading between year groups
  • Home reading
  • Reading for pleasure
  • After-school events
  • Volunteer readers

What do we read?

Throughout their time at school, children will read a mixture of reading scheme books (Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat, Treetops, Rigby Star), popular books and guided readers. (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) and e-books (Bug Club). Children choose their own reading books within a carefully graded banding system. 

In addition to the reading scheme books, children also have access to::
  • Class reading corner books
  • Big books/e-books
  • Books from home
  • Termly book fairs
  • First News newspapers (UKS2)
  • Graphic novels

Shared Reading
Shared reading is our children’s first experience of reading in school when they arrive in nursery. Children are given the opportunity to share a story everyday in nursery as a first step towards independent reading. In EYFS, a blog is shared which also includes the book of the week and allows online access to the book. Shared reading continues throughout the school through the use of big books, enlarged texts and e-books,which allow the teacher to draw attention to various reading strategies as well as vocabulary, sentence and text level features.

Independent Reading
The school uses a banded system made up from a number of recognised reading schemes alongside “real” books. Children’s reading is recorded throughout the school using home readers. Pupils’ progress is monitored by class teacher. This is reviewed against reading assessment focus, to ensure that each child is reading books of a suitable level.

Guided Reading
Children are grouped according to ability and guided reading objectives focus on the needs of the group, from decoding skills to sophisticated comprehension strategies. Guided reading takes place every week for each child from Reception to Year 6. Various book schemes are used to supplement the teaching of guided reading.  The use of Guided Reading books starts to take place in Reception and moves throughout the school. The class teacher maintains a guided reading file with evidence of assessments for individual children against the National Curriculum objectives. Reading is assessed using the National Curriculum objectives.

Individual reading
In Reception children are heard reading individually. In KS1 and KS2 target readers will be heard once a week or as often as necessary. Children will also have the opportunity to read individually during GR sessions. Individual children have a yearly overview sheet against the year group’s objectives found on SPTO which is annotated each half term.

Home reading
Home reading begins in EYFS. Parents are expected to share books at home with their children..
Children in KS1 receive two books as home readers and are expected to read three times a week. A record of the book and level of book is recorded when children change their books in school. Children also have access to Bug Club with which they can change and read books within their band at their own pace. Reading books are changed once a week. 

All children in KS2 should read at home at least four times a week. Children are expected to complete a book review of each home reader before they can change their book to demonstrate comprehension. Parents are encouraged to read with their children and ask questions to improve their understanding as they read.

Wider reading
A love of reading is promoted through author and poet visits; access to in/out of school competition; book fairs; world book day; paired reading; reading champions who share books with younger children; parental reading workshops in foundation stage; story-telling evening and Premier League Reading Stars. In EYFS children receive a free book from the library as part of the book start program , Children also have the opportunity to visit the local Powerhouse library.