From the beginning of your child’s time at St Barnabas, we aim to foster a love of reading.
In the foundation phase and key stage 1 we teach reading through synthetic phonics combined with key word recognition of phonically irregular words. Our structured reading programme is centred on one published reading scheme (Rigby Star Readers) but this is enhanced with a wide variety of other reading books including some from other reading schemes as well as quality fiction and non-fiction written specifically for children. Talking about books and stories supports children in reading for meaning and this is a crucial part of all individual and guided reading sessions throughout the school. In key stage 2 your child will also begin to demonstrate their understanding of what they have read through more formal reading comprehension exercises.
Parents are actively encouraged to take part in this vital process by regularly listening to their child read at home, reading stories to them and showing their child reading is fun through letting their children see them reading themselves. A reading record is sent between home and school so both teachers and parents can communicate and record progress.