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Ephesians 3:4
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand

my insight into the mystery of Christ

We are the Reading Ambassadors for 2023-2024.​​​​​​


Festival of Literature 2023

Learning to read.....reading to learn

At St.Antony's we believe every child should become an enthusiastic and independent reader.  We want all children to have an interest in, and a love of, books and we want them to be attentive listeners and have a lifelong love of reading. 

We do this through providing many opportunities for our children to access high quality up to date fiction and non-fiction books , plays, poetry anthologies, newspapers and magazines.

Reading Policy

Progression and consistencies

Each year group works towards meeting and exceeding the expected levels in reading as outlined in the National Curriculum. 

We believe in giving the children access to as many texts and genres as possible.

Every class has regular story or novel time, with a planned out 'Reading Spine' which complements their writing curriculum. This is led by the teacher with an aim of reading for pleasure.

In EYFS and KS1, our guided practice time in reading gives the children access to clear models of genres that they can decipher themselves. We use the complementary set to our 'Little Wandle' scheme. 

We use a programme called 'Steps to Read' as our core whole class programme through school. Well chosen core fiction both traditional and modern alongside, high quality texts which link to our curriculum help embed new vocabulary and consolidate subject knowledge. The teaching sequence embraces high quality research based pedagogy which mirrors EEF guidance which we follow across the school.


Supporting your child with reading
Nursery, Reception and Year 1 follow the Little Wandle Scheme. Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home. There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home: A reading practice book. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.

Steve Cole, author, congratulates our Year 6 FBA pupils!

Our Year 6 pupils take part in the Fantastic Book Awards every year. They read a variety of newly published books, discuss through their book club and vote for the best at the end. We let the authors know what we think and often get a great response!

Our FBA pupils 2023

Our Year 6 reading stars- leading the way on reading for pleasure.

Reading for Pleasure

Reading at home is so valuable for a child's confidence, fluency, understanding and enjoyment of reading. Listening to your child read or sharing a book together regularly, is very important.  It is staggering to see the real difference time spent reading at home can make.

Research proves that reading at home increases vocabulary knowledge and understanding of the world thereby increasing life chances and future career success.

Children are encouraged to use our school library and have their reading books changed in school regularly. Our school library is open every lunchtime and is run by our school librarians. 

The library is also available for parents during our parent coffee and information mornings every Wednesday and Friday 8:30am to 10am.

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