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English at St. Michael's

Power of Reading

In September 2018, we began our Power of Reading journey and now teach our English currciulum, from Class R all the way up to Class 6, using high quality texts provided by CLPE's Power of Reading subscription.

Power of Reading has been compiled with highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers to ensure that the teaching of the English curriculum is creative, engaging and inspiring. Power of Reading introduces children to a range of high quality books and as a result, develops a child's love of reading and writing, something that we, at St. Michael's, want to nurture. 

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School Library

All of our children have daily access to our school library, which is run by our Year 6 librarians.

The library contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, both classics and new releases. We aim to regularly update the library with new releases and the children are involved in choosing our new purchases. 

Bostall Community Library

Since September 2018, each class has a termly visit to Bostall Library, where they have the opportunity to explore another wonderful selection of books and listen to stories read by library staff. Year 6 have even been involved in selecting new books for the library. On each visit, the children select a book to take out on loan.

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Reading

Reading Schemes

Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 classes all follow our banded reading scheme, which further supports our phonics teaching. Children take these books home and should be heard read daily by an adult at home. Once a child has reached the end of the book banding scheme, they are considered to be a 'free reader' and can choose their own books to read, which should be read daily at home.

Guided Reading

At St. Michael's, we dedicate time to develop children's reading beyond word reading so that they leave with a good level of reading comprehension.  We use Reading VIPERS to help develop the various skills associated with reading comprehension.

In Key Stage 1, children participate in a Guided Reading carousel; each group is involved in a reading activity with their teacher at least once a week. 

In Key Stage 2, reading comprehension is delivered through whole class reading sessions using Reading Explorers. 

Phonics

Our phonics teaching at St. Michael's follows Letters and Sounds, supplemented by the Jolly Phonics scheme. Pupils in Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 all receive daily phonics teaching. 

Children in Year 1 are expected to complete the Phonic Screening Check in June. The check involves reading a combination of forty pseudo and real words. The purpose of the check is to identify children who are able to segment and blend words at the expected level. Any children who do not reach the required standard will retake the check in Year, 2 having received targeted input throughout the year.

Spelling

In KS1, weekly spelling is linked to phonics.

In KS2, we follow the Spelling Shed scheme which supports the English Programme of Study.

Children in classes 1-6 all have access to Spelling Shed, which they can use to practise their weekly spelling words.

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