Reading at St Julian's Church School

Learning to Read and Reading to Learn drive our whole curriculum and so reading as a skill to be mastered and as a habit to enjoy is promoted daily in every class.

How we promote a love of reading

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

How we teach reading

In Early Years and Keys Stage 1 we teach reading through a systematic synthetic phonics approach, using Little Wandle. 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.

Throughout EYFS, KS1 and KS2 we support children’s reading in a variety of ways: Hearing children read in one-to-one sessions, daily practise reading sessions and whole class reading sessions.

What will your child learn in reading?

St Julian’s Reading Progression

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: 


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.







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 

KS2 reading questions

Reading comprehension for children at home

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