Reading at St Thomas
Please take a look at Reading at St Thomas'
Please have a read of our School Reading Offer 2002
Phonics/Reading Schemes in School
Since January 2022 we have been using Little Wandle Letters and Sounds to teach every child to read.
Phonics Information for Parents
Please use this link to access further support and information about how we teach phonics in school and how you can help at home.
Supporting your child with reading
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.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
We give our children the opportunity to have a voice linked to Reading.
On 14th November 2022, the children expressed their thoughts about Story Time. Please see below.
On the 21st April 2023, the children expressed there thoughts about Phonics learning. Please see below.
100 Book Challenge