Reading at St Gregory’s

September 2021 Parents Reading Evening

This evening was an open invite to all parents to attend and hear how we deliver phonics / reading at St Gregory’s. This was run by the staff team and our School Improvement Partner, Mike Randall. This was a huge success and feedback from parents showed an improved understanding of school Reading and the resources being offered to our children across the whole school.

We believe children learning to read is a whole school approach and strong foundations be built in our EYFS classroom. Miss Edwards, our English lead has worked hard with staff to develop this approach and supported by our amazing school PTFA we have been able to purchase high quality texts across the setting. This will impact hugely in helping to create a culture of reading, enthusiasm for reading and our pupils becoming life long readers, who gain much pleasure from it.

Development / redecoration of our school library has taken place – this is now accessible to all children, who are getting pleasure from browsing for new books to take home , researching for themes or just enjoying a quiet moment with a book.

All classes have a designated reading area, with recommended reads on display.

Miss Edwards and some of Year 6 Reading Ambassadors run a ‘Book Club’ – giving children the opportunity to share books with friends and with children outside of their age group.

Parents and members of the community, who have been DBS checked are welcomed into school to listen to our children read. We also have a wonderful new school reading dog, who will be joining us next term – following his training.

Cookie & Cream, our gorgeous school guinea pigs are readily available for children to read to and have a cuddle whilst doing so.