We believe that reading is an essential skill and we aim to develop and encourage a love of books and reading so that, by the time they leave St Peter’s, children are able to read fluently and with confidence.
The teaching of reading at St Peter’s consists of comprehension (both listening and reading) and word reading.
Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world.
Comprehension skills develop through children’s experience of high-quality discussion with the teacher, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All children are encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases children’ vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds children’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.
Word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics are emphasised in the early teaching of reading when children start school.
"The impact of these Christian values is shown in the exemplary behaviour of the children and their growing empathy and compassion for others."