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Learning to Read

Learning to read

At St Michael’s, we aim to create a community of readers with the skills to become independent and reflective readers, thinkers, and learners, both at school and for life. We aim to inspire children with a lifelong love of books and reading, because we understand the central importance of reading to children’s wellbeing and academic success.


Our main aims are as follows:

  • Instil children with a love of reading that lasts for their life time, share with them an enthusiasm for children’s literature and help children to recognise the value of reading as a life skill.
  • Encourage children to become enthusiastic and reflective readers by introducing them to good quality books, from a variety of cultures and in a range of different styles and formats.
  • Ensure our children have secure phonic skills and use a phonics first approach to reading.
  • Develop our children’s understanding of a variety of text types including non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama.
  • Develop children’s confidence, fluency, and independence when reading for different purposes.
  • Ensure that children are taught the key skills of reading to understand (using vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval, sequencing and summarising) through a coherent and progressive reading curriculum across the school.
  • Develop children’s abilities to reflect on and have an interest in what they have read and the language and punctuation choices made by the author.
  • Use drama and role-play, where appropriate, to immerse children in the text and help to develop a depth of understanding.


We aim to meet these aims by creating a curriculum which balances developing a love of books and reading with rigorous skills teaching, from early phonics to complex comprehension and fluency strategies.

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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