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Reading Statement

Here at St. Matthew’s CE Primary School and Nursery, we are committed to both gaining learning and taking pleasure through our Reading activities. We encourage this through providing an inviting reading corner in every classroom; maintaining a child-centred library and having an interactive focus on reading events throughout the school calendar.

Children have a weekly opportunity to choose a library book and take it home to enjoy.

Our Early Reading Programme is made up of phonically decodable books that are linked to the St Matthew's Phonic journey.  These books are stored centrally and all classes have access to them.  There are books to be used in classes and phonically decodable books for the children to take home.  These books can also be allocated to children online so they can access them from a variety of sources.

In Key Stage 1, to ensure the children have a good reading ‘diet’ we use a variety of reading schemes which include ‘Oxford reading Tree’, ‘Rigby Star’, ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ and ‘Letters and Sounds’. Pupils are helped to practise the key skills they have been working on in lesson.

In Key Stage 2, our main reading schemes are the Pearson Active Learn ‘Wordsmith’ and ‘Bug Club’, which use engaging and current texts. This variety offers a mixture of fiction and non-fiction to ensure the children are exposed to a range of genres. Our books are colour banded to make sure ability is matched and developed correctly.

It is said, that a child, who reads at home for just 10 minutes a day will develop an additional 10,000 words in their range of vocabulary by the age of eighteen. We would love for you to support your child at home by reading regularly with them. We suggest little and often to be a good approach. It would be a great help if you would write a comment in your child’s reading record to indicate that you have read, especially when they have finished the book. Thank you for your ongoing support in the education of your child.