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Reading across the school

'Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are'

Mason Cooley

EYFS and KS1 Reading - Guided Reading

Whichever way we teach reading, we want the same end product…the children to become fluent and confident, to become lifelong readers and above all to enjoy reading. Guided reading is just one of the approaches we adopt at St. John’s C of E.

What is Guided Reading?

The teacher works with a small group of children who are at the same developmental stage of reading. Together they share an unknown text that provides the right balance of support and challenge. The goal for guided reading is for children to learn how to read to themselves accurately and with enjoyment, putting into practise appropriate reading strategies while thinking about the meaning of the text. The teaches uses questioning and other strategies to develop each child’s comprehension skills.

Why Guided Reading?

Guided reading is believed to be the most effective and efficient way of teaching reading to children. It enables children to develop a wide range of word-level and comprehension strategies so that they can become independent able readers.

By reading together in a group, the teacher can meet all the children working at a similar level, rather than working 1:1, it is also a lovely way for children to learn from one another and engage in small group discussions around a given text.



Bug Club - EYFS and KS1

Bug Club is a lovely interactive resource for our lower school children to use at school and home.

Children can enjoy reading books onscreen and completing fun quiz questions found in the eBooks that will help them to practise their reading skills. The Foundation and KS1 eBooks are also audiobooks, so children can enjoy hearing an expressive reading of the story

You can find out more from the gallery show below.


How can I support my child in EYFS and KS1?


Phonic support

Phonics is of key important to help young children learn how to segment and blend phoneticlaly decodable words. 

Please visit our phonic page to learn about how you can support and to access the range of resources.


Please click on the icon below to access our phonics page

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Sight Words

Support your child in learnign to sight read the Year 1 and 2 common expection words. 

We have also attached a helpful guide containing lots of fun games to play with your child(ren) to help them learn the common exception words. 

Regular Reading

Reading together regualry is very important.

Please take some time to explore this website, it contains some wonderful resources and top tips to help you enjoy reading with your child(ren)


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KS2 Destination reader


Destination Reader is an approach which involves daily sessions incorporating whole class modelling, partner work and independent reading to deliver structured daily reading sessions at KS2.

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