St Michael's CE Primary School

St Michaels CE Primary School

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Reading and Writing


At St Michael’s School, we aim for every child to:

  • enjoy reading and writing and do so with confidence, fluency and understanding;
  • be able to orchestrate a range of independent strategies to self-monitor and correct;
  • have an interest in a wide range of texts both on paper and screen;
  • develop a growing vocabulary in which they are able to use in both spoken and written form;
  • understand a range of text types and genres – be able to write in a variety of styles and forms appropriate to the situation.
  • learn in an environment geared towards rich language development & where all language is recognised & celebrated;
  • be adventurous with their word choices and have the confidence to experiment with new language, developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.



Approaches to reading:


  • Phonics
  • Shared reading
  • Guided reading
  • Independent reading


In  Reception and Key Stage 1: 

Children are taught phonics daily  using the letters and Sound Scheme in order to support their reading. Children are engaged in guided reading sessions daily with the class teacher. Within these sessions children read and answer questions on the book that they are working on within a small group. Guided reading sessions are an excellent  opportunity to teach children to be able to think about what the book they are reading is about e.g. what did you like about the book? which is your favourite character and why? where was the story set?. 

The children will bring home a book to read and communication between home and school will happen through the Reading Record books. During the early stages of reading development, children will be given a book from a scheme. These are carefully selected for each child and chosen with the intention that it be manageable and enjoyable whilst providing a sufficient level of challenge to help your child become a more fluent reader. Children are also welcome to select a book of their choice from the class library (book corner).

RED TED was introduced in November 2016. This is an initiative to encourage parents to read daily with children, the children are then rewarded with a stamp. Stamps are collected and prizes are given according to the number of stamps awarded. 


In Key Stage 2 children read independently every day and groups of children engage within a guided reading session daily. In lower Key Stage 2, some children are still progressing through the scheme books (and the reading record book continues to go between home and school) but they are also encouraged to choose and enjoy some more extended texts, ‘chapter books’ as they are often referred to by the children! Children are encouraged to choose a book from the class library and to take it home to read it. Children will learn through guided reading sessions to answer comprehension questions on the book they have been reading. This will develop the children's ability to engage fully within a book and to think  about the story and the characters.


Approaches to writing

  • ‘Mark making’
  • ‘Sounds Write’
  • ‘Talk for Writing’
  • Phonics and spelling
  • Emergent writing
  • Shared Writing
  • Guided Writing/Independent Writing
  • Extended writing
  • Handwriting
  • Creative writing activities  

Reading schemes 

For key stage One  and Reception home school reading books are taken  from the  Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

For Guided Reading sessions, whole school use  the Collins Big Cat scheme.


At St Michael’s we provide children with the opportunity to write every day and across a range of subjects. Pupils are taught to use correct spelling and punctuation and follow grammatical conventions; to organise their writing in logical and coherent forms; and to do this through a wide range of stimulating writing activities. Our International Primary Curriculum provides huge opportunities for further reading and writing in addition to the daily literacy lesson.


Parent Partnerships

Leaflets are available in the foyer explaining how you can support your child with their reading at home and the following 'Learning Together' workshops are run throughout the year:

  • Early reading development (for parents of children in Reception )
  • Letters and Sounds – Understanding synthetic, systematic phonics – for all parents
  • Key Stage 1 Reading and Maths Learning Together
  • Key Stage 2 English and Maths