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Reading & Phonics

Reading is a top priority at St Anthony’s VC Academy.

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In Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 our main home reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree. Our guided reading scheme is Rigby Star. For our intensive reading program, we use Bug Club Books.

Children will read to an adult in school as often as possible; this will depend on their stage of reading development. Children who are still in the early stages of reading need to read with an adult as often as possible, whereas children who are becoming more fluent readers may need less supported 1:1 reading time. Every time a child reads to/with an adult in school, this will be recorded.

To make sure that children make the most of these opportunities to read, book bags should be brought into school every day. Staff will ensure that books are changed regularly.

In addition to this, children will have daily, focused ‘Guided Reading’ sessions. In these sessions, they will develop their skills further by reading and examining challenging texts. In KS1, pupils work in small groups focusing on texts suitable for their stage of learning. In KS2, pupils will take part in whole class guided reading. Each pupil will have a copy of the class text and will explore the text at a deep level. Texts are carefully selected by staff to enthuse pupils and ensure a love of reading is fostered at every opportunity.

Oxford Reading Owls :


We follow the Letters & Sounds programme: