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Our Intent:

At St Ambrose Catholic Primary School reading is a top priority and is a key driver for our curriculum. Therefore we have a Reading leadership team comprised of the English Lead, Vice Principal and the Principal.

We value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our children to be life-long readers.

At St Ambrose we intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop: knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live; to establish an appreciation and love of reading; to gain knowledge across the curriculum; and develop their comprehension skills. We are committed to providing vocabulary rich reading material ensuring our children become competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an authors use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.

It is our intention to ensure that by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education

Our Reading Scheme:

At St Ambrose we use Oxford Reading Tree fully decodable resources to establish confident readers in Key Stage 1. These resources are supported by a combination of Floppy Phonics and Rigby Star books to provide our children with a rich and varied choice of writing styles, genres and artwork styles to enjoy.

We follow the Oxford Owl levelling structure designed to support the teaching of reading in class and to ensure that when a child takes a book home they can read it successfully, build confidence and make progress. All our books are banded into levels and a ‘level’ of a book is determined by a number of factors. These factors include phonic knowledge, vocabulary, sentence length, number of words on a page and use of illustrations.

The point at which a child is secure, confident at a given level and ready to move up a band is determined by the class teacher through regular assessment. It is important to bear in mind that not all levels are of equal size. In the first few years of school, the steps of progress are fairly small, and children will move through a number of levels quite quickly. As children move up the levels, the steps become broader and ‘moving up’ happens less frequently. 

In Key Stage 2 children continue to read levelled Oxford Reading Tree banded non-fiction and fiction books to ensure that each child continues to get a varied and appropriately challenging reading diet. Each level introduces new things and practises the skills and knowledge learned in the previous levels with age appropriate content.

Promoting Love of Reading:

At St Ambrose we understand the importance of developing a love of reading across the school because we are fully aware that the more children read, the more knowledge they absorb, and knowledge is important in all aspects of life.

Our Library:

To support a love of reading, we have a vibrant library full of exciting new books that children are encouraged to loan out and are they helped to choose books by our Key Stage Two librarians. 

In Key Stage Two, each classroom also has their own mini library of reading books that children are welcome to choose to read alongside the reading scheme books and they are also encouraged to read a range of material outside of school e.g. newspapers and comics.

Reading Challenges:

In the Autumn Term, 2020, we held a Winter Lockdown reading challenge where children were encouraged to read for as many minutes as they could and in as many interesting places they could find. The winners were announced in our Reading Celebration Assembly and prizes distributed.

In November 2019, we challenged children to take part in a reading recital competition.

World Book Day 2021

2021 World Book Day

The Masked Reader.

Design your own book cover.

A book quiz.

A book scavenger hunt.

Make a recipie for a book.

Dress up as a word.

The Masked Reader

Children listened to staff read 'The Twits' but with a difference. They were all in disguise. Can you guess who is behind the mask?

Each year, we celebrate World Book day to encourage our children to have an appreciation of authors, books, illustrators and - of course - reading! In 2020, we held a competition where pupils had to make their favourite book characters from a potato and all the amazing entries were showcased in our hall for everyone to see. In 2019, as a whole school, we explored the book, 'The Day the Crayons Quit' with all teachers dressing up as crayons and bringing the letters written in the books to life.



World Book Night

Everyone was encouraged to take part in the World Book Night national reading hour (7pm-8pm) in April during the first lockdown.

National Poetry Day

In 2019, we celebrated National Poetry day and wrote a whole school poem!

Roald Dahl's Birthday

We always celebrate Roald Dahl's birthday as a school and find out all about his life's work and what inspired him to start writing the wonderful books we read. In 2020, we all focussed on his brilliant book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and each class enjoyed all the different activities they took part in.

Author Visits

In 2018, KS2 thoroughly enjoyed when ‘Billy Bob Buttons’ an award-winning author came into classes to work with them. 

The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr Seuss

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