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Learning to read.....reading to learn


At St.Antony's we believe every child should have the opportunity to 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 upto date fiction and non-fiction books , plays, poetry anthologies, newspapers and magazines.

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

Our children develop their reading skills through a number of taught lessons and individualised learning programmes.  


Through daily small group Guided Reading lessons children are taught to the skills required to read a text fluently.  Phonics is emphasised in the early teaching of reading and as the children's word reading becomes more accomplished the emphasis is on comprehension skills.  As children progress through school their comprehension and inference skills are developed through critical thinking and high quality discussion.


Some of our children also access more individualised reading programmes.

Reading at home is so valuable to 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.


Children are encouraged to use our school library and have their reading books changed in school weekly.


There are lots of ways you can support your child at home, please speak to your child's class teacher for more ideas. You could  try some of these websites at home or pick a book from the book list to read with your child.

Fantastic Book Awards 2021

Seven of our Year 6 pupils have been part of a judging panel for the Fantastic Book Awards. This has involved reading 6 novels over the past 5 months and giving their honest critique on them, as well as having regular discussions about the texts. Their commitment has been amazing & I am very proud and grateful for their dedication. We celebrated this afternoon by having a spot of afternoon tea in the sunshine!

Thoroughly well deserved FBA team!