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St Pancras Catholic Primary

St Pancras
Catholic Primary School



At St Pancras, we want our children to become enthusiastic and life-long readers. In order for them to enjoy learning across the curriculum it is paramount that they learn to read fluently with a thorough understanding of what has been read. In line with the DfE revised core criteria for defining an effective phonics programme children will “practise by reading texts which are entirely decodeable for them, so that they experience success and learn to rely on phonemic strategies”.

We have organised our reading books in line with the Nelson Thornes PM Benchmark reading scheme and emergent readers have access to a range of Oxford Reading Tree books such as Songbird Phonics, Story Sparks, Word Sparks, Traditional Tales (fiction) and Fireflies, InFacts and Oxford Reading Tree non-fiction. Once the children become more competent, they have access to further Traditional Tale stories, Oxford Reading Tree non-fiction, a range of poetry books and Project X books before progressing onto library books.

We want to immerse the children in high quality children’s literature, regularly reading aloud to them, as well as encouraging them to read ambitious texts for themselves, in order to introduce a range of sophisticated vocabulary and knowledge to support both their written work and Oracy.