Reading

We aim to share our love of reading with all our pupils and encourage them to choose books which are interesting and enjoyable. All children at St Peter’s are encouraged to continue their reading at home. Pupils in Early Years and KS1 are taught to read through the Read, Write Inc phonics scheme and pupils from Year 2 to year 6 have a 30 minute daily reading lesson.
All children will have a reading diary so that they, and parents, can track their reading. It is the school’s expectation that the reading diary should be completed 3 times a week by a parent/carer. Those who meet this expectation, when the reading diary is completed by the class teacher each week, will be rewarded with house points.

Reading books

Our reading books in Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 are all phonetically decodable. Alongside the RWI books we use in school we have decodable books by Oxford Reading Tree, RWI Book Bag Books and Phonics Bug for your child to bring home.
Older children can access Oxford Reading Tree and Treetops books in addition to the vast array of books from our school library. All children in KS2 who are not on a reading scheme book independently choose a books from the school or class library which is closely matched to their own reading ability. This ensures that we can monitor the progress of each child and check that they are reading the most appropriate books for their age and ability. Year 6 children use the Accelerated Reader Programme. Check out the parent guide here:  Accelerated Reader Guide

Phonics Information

We want to help all our children to be successful readers who love reading. In order to decode (read) words children are taught through a systematic phonic approach. We hope that the information on this page will help you to understand our way of delivering phonics, and give you ideas for how you can help at home. If you have any questions about phonics at St Peter’s, please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a comprehensive literacy programme designed to get all of your infants reading and writing quickly. Importantly, phonics is not taught in isolation.
• Initial and on-going assessment tracks every child’s progress
• Children are grouped by ability so they learn rapidly at the right level
• Partner work means every child participates in the whole lesson

More Information

How phonics is taught
Practical Advice for Parents

Useful Websites

Oxford University Press website
with links to read write inc information and resources. You will also find information about the Project X reading scheme that children will use when they have finished the RWI programme.
Oxford University Press website

Ruth Miskin
This is the main website of Ruth Miskin who wrote the Read Write Inc programme. It includes very useful videos and links to provide support and advice to parents on a range of questions you may have – including helping your child with their phonics.
Ruth Miskin Website

Early Reading Support Apps for Parents

The 6 apps – published on the Hungry Little Minds website– are part of the government’s drive to help parents make informed decisions about the use of technology in creating positive learning environments at home.

Lingumi (For children aged 2-5)– Sets of learning games, speech recognition games and video-based games to help with a child’s grammar and getting them speaking their first words early on.

Kaligo (For children aged 3-5)-The first digital handwriting exercise book using a stylus and tablet, built using AI and co-created with teachers, occupational therapists and neuroscientists.

Phonics Hero (For school-aged children)– Over 850 fun, varied and motivating games take a child step-by-step through the 44 sounds, the reading and spelling of words, and how to conquer sentences.

Teach Your Monster to Read (For school-aged children)– Covers the first two years of learning to read, from matching letters and sounds to enjoying little books, designed in collaboration with leading academics.

Navigo Game (For school-aged children)– Focuses on developing skills that underpin reading, including phonics, letters and sounds, designed by UCL Institute of Education and Fish in a Bottle.

Fonetti (For school-aged children)– The world’s first ‘Listening Bookshop’ interacting with children by giving visual cues in real-time as they read aloud and highlighting where the most support is needed.