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Individual Reading

At least once a week your child will be listened to read by the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant. We have a range of fiction and non-fiction books which the children choose. The children will be asked questions to check their understanding of the book. We like to write comments in the children’s reading records and we encourage parents to write comments in these books when they have heard their child read too. Reading books are only changed when we think the child fully understands the book they are reading, We use a range of reading schemes to support individual reading such as:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club
  • Phonics Bug


Guided Reading

“The World belongs to those who read.” Rick Holland


To create avid readers who have a depth of understanding of a range of genres.

To deepen and enrich children’s vocabulary.

To develop the skills needed to comprehend a text.

To instil a lifelong love of literature.


Our teaching of reading is based around 6 key skills. They are:




Explanation (of authorial intent or impact on the reader)


Summarising and sequencing.


School Library

Here at St Barnabas Primary School we are proud of our new school library. Every class from the Early Years to Year 6 has the opportunity to read books from the school library. We have a range of fiction and non-fiction books that will interest you, as well as special books that will help you with your topic.