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The explicit teaching of reading is placed very highly as part of the reading curriculum:



At SMSJ, we use the synthetic phonics programme Jolly Phonics.  Please refer to the separate ‘Phonics’ tab for information about how we teach phonics and early reading in school.


In addition to a daily phonics session, children in Reception have a weekly Guided Reading session with the teacher.  During this session, the teacher systematically teaches the skills of reading.


Year 1 to Year 6

Whole class reading across school takes place at 1.00pm to 1.25pm in all classes and is led by the class teacher. Each year group has an overview mapping out carefully selected texts for the year.  There is one text type allocated per week, which follows a cycle of fiction – non-fiction – poetry.  Each day has a focus on a different reading domain.  Please refer to our Reading Policy for more information.


The Assessment of Reading

Assessing reading involves examining pupils’ competence in both word reading and comprehension.  Rich opportunities to gather evidence include reading through the English unit, whole class reading, phonics sessions, shared reading, drama and intervention sessions.  Teachers also look out also for wider opportunities to gather evidence such as reading in other subjects, class assemblies and independent reading.


Summative assessments are also completed on a termly basis (half-termly in Y2 and Y6) by using a range of assessment materials e.g. National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) assessments, past SATS papers and Rising Stars (PIRA) assessments.