Reading at St Julian's Church School

In Early Years and Keys Stage 1 we teach reading through a systematic synthetic phonics approach, using Letters and Sounds. Children will be taught to read using phonically decodable books to support their reading journey. Once a child is secure and reading fluently they will then move to book banded levels. Children are encouraged to read a variety of genres and sources of text with regular access to the class and school library. We use home contact journals to record your child's reading journey both at school and at home.

Reading books are graded according to Book Band; we have a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of reading schemes e.g Harper Collins Big Cat Books, Oxford Reading Tree, Project X and Tree Tops.

Stories are regularly shared in class encouraging a love of reading and for stimulating children’s imaginations. Through reading sessions, children learn to develop fluency, expression and comprehension skills. They explore a range of texts, taking note of the author’s style of writing, vocabulary, use of punctuation, etc and looking at the similarities and differences between different text types.

We continue using Book Bands graded reading scheme until the children are confident independent readers. Throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 we support children’s reading in a variety of ways: Hearing children read in one-to-one sessions, small guided reading groups and whole class reading sessions.

We encourage children to read regularly at home and at school. We welcome parents, carers and volunteers to come into school to hear children read.

Supporting your child to read at home

We have created two supporting videos to offer advice and tips for parents and carers to support their child when reading at home.

Please find the EYFS/KS1 video from Mrs Parker below:








Bookmarks to support your EYFS/KS1 child when reading.

Questions to ask to support reading in EYFS / Key Stage 1 

Activities to support your child with their reading book 

Please find the KS2 video from Miss Williams below:

Find additional resources to support your KS2 child below:

KS2 reading questions

Reading comprehension for children at home

When planning reading lessons teachers use a variety of tools. See the links below for a few ways in which we encourage, develop and foster a love of reading with every child.

Mrs P Teach: 

Ashley Booth: 

Reciprocal Reading: 


View our Reading Progression document for the whole school.

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