English at St Vincent's
Reading at St Vincent's
At St Vincent's, we strive to...
• Provide a rich and stimulating reading environment for all children.
• Enable children to read with confidence, accuracy, fluency, understanding and enjoyment.
• Foster an enthusiasm for and love of reading for life.
Our children will begin their reading journey by experiencing high quality phonics sessions. At St Vincent's, we strive to provide a creative and memorable learning experience for all children. For this reason, we have considered the 'best bits' of the wide range of phonics approaches available and have combined these 'best bits' to cater to the specific needs of our children.
From Nursery to Year 1, initial sounds will be taught through kinesthetic approach using the rhymes and actions associated with Jolly Phonics. Diagraphs & trigraphs will be taught using catchy Read Write Inc inspired rhymes and pictures, along with providing an opportunity for each child to engage in an exciting kinesthetic activity to consolidate their new sounds. From Year 2 to Year 6, phonics will continue to be taught for those who need further consolidation of their understanding of phonics.
At St Vincent’s, we aim to expose our children to a wide range of reading material. We provide our early readers with an opportunity to read independently via the use of Songbird Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star texts. However, in every classroom’s reading corner our children will discover a wide range of exciting and engaging books covering a range of genres including poetry and non-fiction.
At St Vincent's, our library provides an excellent environment for children to explore and become lost in their favourite book. With a wide range of genres stemming from historical non-fiction texts to classics by familiar authors such a JK Rowling and Phillip Pullman, our children are encouraged to visit regularly and embark on a literary adventure.
Our librarians take the form of enthusiastic Year 6 pupils, who support our younger children in their reading choices and engage in reading alongside them. Each year group visits the Lookout at least once a week with their class, and are also encouraged to visit during lunchtimes.
We value the impact that engaging in reading at home with a parent or guardian can have on children's ability and love for reading. We aim to establish excellent communication between both parents and teachers with regard to children's reading. This is achieved through the effective use of our St Vincent’s Reading Diaries. We expect that home reading will take place daily and will be acknowledged by the parent or guardian in the Reading Diary.