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St James Academy

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How we teach Reading


The 'mechanics' of reading are initially taught using the Letters and Sounds programme whilst the children are in KS1 however for those entering Southbroom St James without this foundation in phonics intervention programmes use Letters and Sounds as the basis for reading and phonic support. This is supplemented with exploration of a range of text types and explicit teaching of reading skills during daily English sessions in each year group. 


Pupils have a daily guided group reading session where reading is taught to groups differentiated by ability.  Some activities during guided reading follow up on the text read the day before or prepare the children for the text being read the next day. Children also read individually with their Teacher, Teaching Assistant and adult volunteers (Reading Buddies); the frequency of this depends upon the age and individual needs of the child and all adults record important information in a reading record which is kept in the child's bag and taken home/returned to school daily.  This provides a 1:1 opportunity, geared to the child's stage of development.


Reading is assessed using National Curriculum statements and information about a child's progress is shared at parents evenings.  Every classroom has an attractive reading area as well as the well stocked and newly refurbished library.  Both fiction and non-fiction books are also borrowed from the Wiltshire Learning Resource Library, often linked to class topics. 


Ms Allen is our English subject leader and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to contact her on:

Spelling Bee

Term 4 Spelling Bee Champions

30 Reads Author Challenge
World Book Day 2018