Week Ending: 21.09.18

Whole School Attendance: 98.42%.

“I like reading, ‘cause my imagination gets bigger and bigger!”
Amelia, Year 2

St Michael’s aims to provide an environment rich in literary stimulus, where every child is an enthusiastic reader.  

Reading should be a pleasurable experience and here at St Michael’s we endeavour to foster a “love of reading” in all children. Reading is central to everything we do; it is through reading that children learn about people, places and events outside their own experience - developing a child’s imagination.

As they read, Children learn new words and unconsciously they absorb information; like how to structure sentences and how to use words and language effectively. 

“I like reading so I can take ideas for my own stories.”
Hannah, Year 3

Children are introduced to reading through systematic teaching of synthetic phonics. Children learn to read and identify specific sounds and then to blend them to read words. For more information on phonics, have a look at the following website:

All children have a school reading book and are encouraged to read daily at home. They may be given flashcards in Key Stage 1 to support their learning of common words/phonemes. 

Guided reading, where the children read in small groups, is a regular feature of the children’s learning. Through this, the pupils are encouraged to explore a deeper understanding of the text, learning how to draw conclusions and make inferences about the story.

St Michael’s takes part in the “Reading to Dogs” scheme. Although almost any child will benefit from reading with our Golden Retriever, Archie will help children with a below average reading ability the most. Whether the child has a difficulty with words or has a lack of self-confidence, the combination of one-to-one tuition and the comforting presence of the dog will encourage them to overcome many obstacles. Children quickly want to engage with Archie and the more the child engages with the dog during the reading session, the better the reading result.

We have a number of volunteer reading helpers, who listen to individual children read. If you feel that you could spare an hour a week to listen to children read, we would very much welcome your support. Please contact the school office in the first instance. 

“Reading is helpful with new words and spelling.”
Lily, Year 4

For more information on the National Curriculum for English, please visit: