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Through Reading, we aim for children at St Nicholas to: -

  • gain a life-long love of reading
  • develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually
  • enjoy a wide range of texts, genres and authors
  • read fluently, applying phonics and skills confidently to develop comprehension of progressively challenging texts and vocabulary


Teaching and Learning:

At St Nicholas, Reading is taught as a discrete subject alongside being prioritised in all other subjects, particularly Writing.  This ensures that the two key skills of recognising words and understanding language are taught to the whole class supported by group and individual activities.

Children are given opportunities to read aloud, in silence and to listen to text being read to them. They discuss and debate what they have read and explore unfamiliar vocabulary and context to ensure sufficient breadth and depth to their knowledge and skills. Children are also listened to regularly on a 1:1 basis by a teacher to support fluency as well as comprehension.

Alongside personalised and progressive reading journeys, each year group engages, at whole class lever, with carefully selected texts.  These texts can be viewed on the attached overview below. To support individual reading journeys, the school invests in a variety of reading schemes enabling children from Year R to Year 6 to choose from a range of genres within the appropriate level of challenge and interest.  Our comprehensive reading scheme is an extensive range of books which support the teaching of Phonics and Dyslexic learners. The main schemes are:

  • Big Cat Collins
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club
  • Project X
  • Rigby Star


Together we learn,together we grow, with faith, love and God beside us