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Reading at St Cuthbert's;


 “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr Seuss

We can't encourage parents and carers enough to read every day with your child/ren - it is one of the greatest gifts you can give them!

Individual take home reading books


During foundation stage and through Key Stage 1 we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme to support individual children in learning to read.  The scheme gives children a great starting point for reading and we find children flourish quickly with support in school and at home.


The book your child brings home will correspond to the phonics phase they are working within and these books will be fully decodable (your child will be able to decode every word to read it).  Once your child has successfully acquired all sounds up to the end of phase 6 in the Letters and Sounds phonics programme they will have more choice in the texts they choose to read.  School staff will ensure the books they choose are suitable.


Your child will have a yellow reading record book please sign and date when you have listened to your child read at home.  If you have any comments or questions please record them in the book, staff will do the same.


Guided reading books


Daily guided reading sessions take place in class from foundation stage through to Key Stage 2.  These are always in small groups of no more than 6 children. We use a range of reading schemes which are arranged according to the book band system so that children experience a range of texts and authors these include; 


  • Project X
  • Alphakids
  • Trackers
  • Lighthouse
These books will usually be slightly harder for your child to challenge them and staff leading these sessions will use a range of strategies to assess their inference and deduction skills.
How parents/carers can help:

Below you will find a link to 'The School Reading List' this is a great site which includes recommended reading books for children as well as other information such as; children's book festivals, events and competitions - please take a look!