St. Sebastian's R. C. Primary School



The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of two dimensions: 

  • word reading 
  • comprehension (both listening and reading).


It is essential that teaching focuses on developing pupils’ competence in both dimensions; different kinds of teaching are needed for each.

Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics should be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners (i.e. unskilled readers) when they start school.

Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases pupils’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

It is essential 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


Our reading scheme comprises of a wide range of good quality texts to engage the children in their reading.  Children will initially start to read phonically decodable books, matched to their ability.  This ensures that the children are practising and embedding the sounds and words they are learning in their phonic lessons.


All our books are banded and contain books from a variety of schemes.  When children are confident with their phonics, they are able to choose from our banded scheme.  These books are a mixture of 'scheme' books which will allow the children to practise key words from the National Curriculum and also 'non-scheme' books which have been carefully selected to match their ability but are 'real' books such as Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Anthony Horowitz, Cressida Cowell, J.K. Rowling and many more!