Coronavirus Plans and Updates

'Learn, Grow and Achieve Together Through God's Love'

  We have set up a 'Home Learning' page under the 'Key Information' tab.  This will provide more information for you about how to access a quality education  for your children at home.  Please remember to check your child's class page under the 'Children' tab for regular updates from your classteacher.  Please collect a paper pack if you cannot access technology.  If you would like more information please phone the DFE coronavirus helpline 0800 046 8687 or visit the full government guidance at:

Thank you for your tremendous support and understanding in this matter, if anything positive can come out of this then it is the wonderful community spirit and offers of help that have been overwhelming.

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St. Stephen's C.E.

(Aided) Primary School

Learn, Grow and Achieve Together through God's love


Reading has a high profile, it is the key to effective learning. Children are encouraged to appreciate books, to read independently, to make good progress and to take immense pleasure in reading. We aim to foster skills which will remain with the children for life. 

We aspire to support our children to become language rich. We believe that this can be best achieved through reading widely and reading ambitiously.  


The children will have started their reading journey in Reception class  where we encourage ‘book talk’. The children learn to handle books, they talk constantly about what’s happening and they begin to recognise a few key words. All this is happening alongside a phonics programme so that, when the children are learning letters and sounds, they can always apply these skills to the books they are reading. 


Moving on through Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) as well as the teaching of phonics, there is a focus on comprehension and reading for enjoyment.


All children will have an opportunity to read their home / school reading book weekly with an adult. We use a ‘banded’ scheme which is carefully graded to move the readers on; using one small step at a time.  We use a variety of reading books.  In the main they are from the Phonic Bug scheme and the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.


In addition to that ‘Guided Reading’ takes place in class.  Reading activities are used to further develop word recognition and comprehension skills. The children have the opportunity to experience many different types of texts. Each guided reading group works at least once a week with the teacher.


Other activities during guided reading sessions vary but may include:

  • Comprehension: reading a section of the text independently and answering questions about it.
  • Reading Enrichment, the children read books/comics/newspapers or stories/poems/play or texts they have written themselves, quietly.
  • Follow-up Tasks, linked to a guided reading session.
  • Vocabulary tasks, linked to the text that is being read with the teacher


In all these activities, the teaching team will look for opportunities to deepen ‘book talk’ and to develop the children’s spoken vocabulary.


Reading for enjoyment is key to developing that love of reading which inspires children to explore, learn and grow, integrating ideas for themselves.  In class we spend time sharing our favourite books with the class and reading to them. Each term, the children study a variety of books, fiction and non-fiction.  The children have access to the class library and are able to take a book home weekly from the school library.


We appreciate the vital role that home plays in the development of our children's reading.  The children will bring their home / school reading book and record, home every night. Regular reading and discussion about what they are reading is really important. Reading to your child and talking to them about stories and books is also extremely beneficial. As they progress through Year 2 what a text infers becomes increasingly important. We really want you to comment in their reading records as it is an ideal way of communicating with school.

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