At St Bernard’s R.C. Primary School we want to build the foundations for a lifelong love of reading and writing.

We use:

  • Creative hooks to engage the children, stimulate imagination and build enthusiasm for the writing ahead
  • Story maps to help us organise and sequence events. ‘Maps’ can also be used in other genres to help us arrange our ideas
  • Daily grammar, punctuation and spelling sessions develop technical knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Green pens to show where we have responded to feedback that make our writing better
  • Working walls help us to share ideas and ‘Magpie’ language from each other
  • Tool kits are used in class to help guide our learning
  • A marking code to identify us where we can improve our work and how to correct our spelling and grammatical errors.


In Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One we enjoy our daily phonics lessons. Some Key Stage Two children also have ‘top up phonics’.

Phonics Parents Booklet

Individual Reading: Your child will be given a school reading book which will be changed once a week in school. Please spend time sharing the story with your child and ensure you read with and to your child. You should record your child’s progress with a comment in the reading section of the weekly plan. As your child becomes fluent they will read with their teacher regularly, but please remember class teacher time is best spent on guided reading, where they are able to teach children reading strategies.

Guided Reading: Guided reading is an extra, focused reading session each week. During this session your child will read part of the text with a focus that links with specific learning objectives for that text. They will read a variety of books, including fiction and non-fiction. This will be completed in school and all information will be kept in school. Guided reading has been shown to be significant in improving reading skills and comprehension.

When reading with your child, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Recognise words from key word lists and knows the characters and phrases common to the reading scheme
  • Is able to use knowledge of letters and sounds to help sound a word out
  • Is able to predict the story using pictures and text
  • Can talk about the story and the characters, uses expression when reading
  • Is able to answer questions about how they worked out unknown words
  • Is able to identify words that rhyme
  • Your child will then be able to…..
  • Use a wide range of strategies to solve unknown words
  • Self-correct and re-read to check what they have said makes sense
  • Answer questions about what they have read, giving reasons for their answers
  • Use the ‘word-in-word’ strategy e.g. can-dle-stick
  • Read a range of texts with confidence