Here at St John's we love reading! We have a broad and engaging reading curriculum. Pupils read widely and often, with fluency and comprehension appropriate to their age.  The pupils take home books that are banded using a national colour-banding system. This is comprised of a mixture of Oxford Reading Tree, Storyworld, Collins Big Cat, Songbird and ‘real’ books, which encourage a wider reading experience and include non-fiction texts. Children are also encouraged to borrow a book from our extensive library collection to promote enthusiasm and independent reading both in school and at home. But we also encourage children to read books from home and from the local library. In KS1 and EYFS we have reading time in the morning where children get to read to an adult and take part in activities related to their English or Phonics work. In KS2 we have daily comprehension time where all children take part in comprehensions appropriate to their need and stage in learning.  All pupil Drop Everything daily at 3pm to listen to a class story. 


Books are colour-banded all levels across the school, in line with our reading scheme and are phonetically decodable at the early reading is focused on. We encourage parents to read with their child on a daily basis if home-life permits, but if life is just too busy then for a minimum of 3x per week.  Discussing authors, book and vocabulary with children at home as well as in school ensures that children leave with a rich cultural capital. We hold an annual book week to encourage children to get 'deeper into their love of books'.


We have a local Salisbury author, Julia Edwards, working with the school this year and will be taking part in her Patron of Reading scheme.


Below are some useful documents that are available for you to help your child with reading: