Whole class reading

At St. Mary's we have invested in high quality texts to use in the teaching of reading. These texts have been carefully selected to match topics as closely as possible; where we are unable to find topic related books, we have selected high-quality text from recommended reading lists, from the BookTrust.
Each day, children take part in a daily Guided Reading session to develop their reading skills using these texts as a foundation for this. We teach comprehension skills through a combination of questions stems, that focus on different skills which we refer to as Reading VIPERS; the use of active comprehension activities and drama opportunities.