Reading at St Malachys

As parents you are your child's most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read. 

  • Developing a love of reading is one of the most effective things you can do to raise your childs attainment 

  • Building up your children’s vocabulary gives them the words they need to become successful speakers and writers as well as confident readers.

  • Reading opens up a new world for children – giving them the opportunity to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters.

 At St Malachys we aim to develop and foster a love of reading. We do this through


Phonics Teaching - 

Phonics teaches children the complex connections in English between sounds and letters, essential to understand when learning to read and spell.  We teach reading during our Read Write Inc lessons.  Read Write Inc., is a whole-school literacy programme designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.  Please click on the link to find more about how we teach phonics  Read write inc .  

To watch RWI in action please click on the link  Read Write Inc Video

Every Autumn we deliver a Free Reading Workshop for parents. Here you can watch a phonic lesson in action and receive resources to help you child at home. For more information please contact Ms Tierney or watch or presentation here 

Guided Reading 

At St Malachys children reading during Guided Reading which takes place every morning.

Guided Reading follows the pattern of

Reading with teacher - Reading based activity - Independent Read.  

We use Pearsons Bug Club. This scheme encourages even the most reluctant children to read for pleasure because there are books for every taste and ability. From Ben 10 to Angelina Ballerina, from non-fiction to science fiction, you can pick the perfect book for their abilities and interests.

Exciting fiction and non-fiction readers >>      

Plays by Julia Donaldson >>

Decodable Comics for Phonics >>

Fiction and non-ficton 

Bug Club has so many fiction books to choose from 

  • Beautifully illustrated to grab attention

  • packed with cool characters and stories to hook kids in

  • available both in print and as interactive eBooks

  • finely levelled to book bands and National Curriculum levels

  • matched to letters and sounds

Reading at Home 

Children are encourage to read for pleasure at home. We will send a reading book home with your child and we encourage all parents to hear their child read daily. Our main reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree if you would like more information please click on the link. Oxford Reading Tree


Reading in the National Curriulum

If you would like more information about what Reading looks like in the new National Curriculum please click on the links below

Reading in a nutshell 

National Curriculum 

Free Oxford reading tree games and resources 


St Malachy's RC Primary School, Eggington Street, Manchester M40 7RG

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