“St. John’s places

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At St. John’s, we believe all children need to become confident and competent readers who choose to read for pleasure. We believe reading is important to all children because it gives opportunities to ;

     Develop imagination
     Increase vocabulary
     Gain better understanding of grammar and sentence structure
     Understand differences between written and spoken English
     Develop empathy
     Provide escapism away from or to..
     Increase knowledge and awareness of the world
     Understand story structure
     Be inspired by others stories
     Derive pleasure!

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

Reading in the Early Years

 At St. John’s, from Reception through to Key Stage One we have adopted a book banding scheme which allows children to be supported by phonic based books, and real books alongside other genres.All of our early reading books are colour banded. Your child will be given a colour band to choose their home reading book from which will help to ensure that the book they select is at about the right reading level for them.

Every colour band includes books from a range of genres so that they will experience a range of stories, text types and illustrations.

The majority of books within the early bands can be decoded using phonics skills and knowledge – and the books are designed to  enable the children to make links to their experiences as well as to adopt a rich understanding of language.

At. St. John’s, we teach phonics through the Read, Write Inc. programme.


Please click HERE to watch a short video that explains how the programme works, and provides advice on how to best support your child at home with their reading.

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