We believe that reading is a journey born out of curiosity for the world around us; leading to an understanding and enjoyment of texts, poetry and plays following a carefully structured path. In the National Curriculum, reading is split into the two dimensions of word reading and comprehension.
At St Thomas' Primary School, we use a colour banding scheme which includes a range of fiction and non-fictions texts by a wide range of authors. The scheme is used to develop fluent, confident readers who comprehend the texts that they explore. This scheme allows for children to initially explore books by using pictures to talk about settings and characters. Progression from this stage allows the children the opportunities to apply their learning of phonics to books within the reading scheme. As the children work through the scheme, they will read a range of texts including poetry, play scripts, stories set in different cultures or times and non-fictional texts such as information books or newspapers.
Children will progress through the colour stages depending on their reading ages and abilities. We also have a wide range of books in our libraries for the children to enjoy reading including some of the English classics such as Oliver Twist, Black Beauty or some of the works of Shakespeare.
Throughout our curriculum we provide opportunities for shared reading, guided reading and independent reading. We are very lucky to have links with ‘The Orchards’ and our children love to visit there to read to the residents.