Queen Margaret Primary School

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Reading is a priority for Queen Margaret Primary School.  Early reading starts in EYFS with  a focus on phonics teaching. In Key Stage One early reading is are taught using a SoundsWrite approach which all of our staff have been trained in. the focus is saying the sounds and reading the words - both for learning the initial sounds and those that are in the extended code (two letters one sound). 

Reading books are matched to the children's phonic ability and time is spent ensuring  that children are successful before they move onto the next book.  

The children are read to in class daily using curriculum learning and stories shared at the end of the day. Children are taught to develop reading skills in school beyond phonic sessions  through English lessons based on a Talk4Writing approach and guided reading. The children have access to a wide range of high quality reading materials.


Children take reading books home daily and work hard towards their ’40 Reads’ certificates which is where we rely upon and values ‘shared’ approach to reading with parents who support children by encouraging them to read at home.