Love of Reading

Reading is at the heart of all we teach at St Alban's school

Our English curriculum develops and nurtures a love of reading and enables the children to creatively express thoughts and ideas through the spoken and written word. We aim to provide a language rich environment that reflects the taught curriculum, where children have access to quality literature from a diverse range of authors and where speaking and listening are valued by all.


The school uses a systematic and progressive phonics programme to teach children to read, called Read, Write, Inc.  This programme is in place from Nursery and is used at times into Key Stage 2 for those pupils who require additional phonics support or those pupils who are new to English language.


At St Alban’s we aim for every child to be a fluent and confident reader, who is able to articulate themselves effectively through both spoken and written forms.  Writing and reading provision is stimulating, engaging and both scaffolds and challenges children in order that they secure the literacy skills required to achieve well post primary school; to be able to positively contribute and participate fully as a member of the wider community.


We value children's reading and the importance of parental partnership with this.

We keep records of children's reading at home, in reading record books that are tailored to each phase of primary school: EYFS, KS1 and KS2:


In each reading record there is a guide for parents as to what books they should expect to come home, how these are monitored by the teacher and how they, as parents, can support with reading at home:



We value regular parent comments/feedback about their child's reading.  Here is an example of school/home reading record comments:



If you have any questions about reading at St Alban's school, please do come along to our parent Reading Workshops where you can find out about progression in reading, our phonics scheme of work and how we assess children in reading

Love of Reading Week!

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