At Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, we recognise that reading is of central importance in allowing children to access learning, broaden their educational experiences and deepen their knowledge of the world.
We aim to nurture in each child a love of books and reading and develop a growing ability to read fluently, confidently and with understanding, not only to improve and extend each child’s skills, but also for pleasure.
In the EYFS and KS1 reading books are carefully matched to the phonics knowledge and skills that pupils are being taught in lessons and offer children opportunities to practise reading and re-reading the grapheme-phoneme correspondences that they have learned – both at school and at home. Reading books also provide opportunities for children to develop their comprehension and expression. In KS2 children continue to access high-quality reading texts, carefully matched to their reading ability.
The school has a wide variety of reading books and texts which the children are encouraged to access both independently and as a group, including a variety of fiction, poetry, play scripts and non-fiction books. A wide range of texts are read aloud in the classroom to develop the children’s vocabulary, language comprehension and love of reading. We ensure that all class texts, library books and reading books have a mixed and diverse authorship and content to reflect the make-up of society.
You can find out more about our Phonics teaching by clicking here: https://www.olqm.co.uk/phonics-2/
You can find out more about our English teaching by clicking here: https://www.olqm.co.uk/english-1/