St Christopher’s RC Nursery & Primary School

Together in faith, friendship, kindness and courage.

Mr Ian Noone - Headteacher

St Christopher's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 9DP

0161 330 5880

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The Teaching of Reading at St Christopher's


Please also see our English curriculum (Curriculum/subjects)

Early Reading and Phonics

 In the Foundation Stage, the pupil’s phonological awareness and phonic knowledge is developed as they follow the letters and sounds programme through daily phonics teaching. The focus at first is on pupils’ ability to discriminate between sounds in the environment and through the use of rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. They are then taught 26 graphemes and practice recognising phonemes in “CVC” (consonant, vowel, consonant e.g. cat) words.

They have opportunities to apply their phonic knowledge and skills in the context of shared reading, writing and guided reading.

 In Key Stage 1 the teaching of discrete phonic

Discrete daily phonics in differentiated groups continues into KS1. The children continue to learn new graphemes for the phonemes they already know. They are also taught the common exception words for Year 1 and Year 2 set out in the national curriculum 2014. By the end of Year 1 the children are able to take their Phonics Screening check. The school carries out workshops for parents to share what will happen in the check.

 Developing a love of reading

 At foundation level and through KS1 and KS2 the emphasis is on further developing the pupils’ interest and pleasure in reading independently and with confidence. The focus is on words and sentences and how they are put together to form texts. They bring meaning to the texts they read and say what they like and dislike about them. Teachers model a range of teaching strategies, including the identification of sentence structure and the function of punctuation marks. They also give children opportunities to practise phonic skills and word recognition in context.

 At key stage Two, pupils meet a wider range of texts in fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ reading skills:

  •  Information Retrieval: Asking the children to pick out certain information or evidence to support an answer.
  •  Inference: an interpretation of the information given.
  •  Deduction: An understanding based on the evidence given.
  •  Summarise: using parts of the text to sum up an answer.

 E.g. The police find a body with a knife sticking out of it.

 Information retrieval: what was used to kill the person?

We can infer that someone didn’t like that person.

We can deduce that the person is dead as they have a knife sticking out of them.  

 Reading at Home

Children at St Christopher’s are encouraged to read at home which allows then to read a rich and varied selection of texts. They are asked to read for at least 15 minutes a night and the teacher will check this by monitoring the reading record which will have been completed by the parent or adult. 

Reading records are signed daily and children are asked to have their reading book and record in school every day. 

Book Banding

Children will progress through books using book banding.

Colour / Banding:

Approximate Reading Age:

Expected to be leaving Year group:



Below 4












5.5 - 6



5.5 – 6.0



6.0 – 6.5

Year 1


6.5 – 7.0



7.0 – 7.5



7.5 – 8.0

Year 2


8.0 - 8.5



8.5 – 9.0

Year 3



Year 4



Year 5

‘Free Reader’


Year 6

Mr Ian Noone - Headteacher

St Christopher's Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 9DP

0161 330 5880