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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars



At St Anne's Infants' we believe that reading is the cornerstone to all education. We are privileged to have a specialist reading teacher who supports staff in teaching reading in a holistic manner so that they are able to develop decoding skills, comprehension, pace, fluency and expression simultaneously. Children initially learn to read through individual teaching combined with whole class shared reading. As children progress and gain more confidence and independence with reading, they are taught in small groups. We use a range of reading schemes so that children are exposed to a wide range of text types and genres. All our scheme books are broken down into colour bands which are further fine levelled into numbers. The document below shows the progression of reading skills through the colour bands.

We are also keen that children develop a love of reading for enjoyment and as such teachers regularly share stories with children in class and beyond. We also hold a range a reading events some of which parents and carers can be involved with. For more information about supporting children's reading please click on the link below.


The teaching of systematic phonics is a key element to success in reading and writing. In Nursery, children are exposed to letter sounds, how words can be segmented and blended and lots of rhyme. Following on from this, we use Read Write Inc to teach phonics from Reception to Year 2. Here is a link to the parents section on the Read Write Inc website:


In Year 1, children are required to take the phonics screening test which assesses their ability to use phonics to decode words. For more information about this, please see the Year 1 class pages.


In Year 2, once the majority of children have a secure base in phonics, children focus more on spelling, punctuation and grammar. We use No Nonsense Spelling to support the delivery of this.



We support children in becoming writers through the use of the ‘Talk for Writing’ programme. Story maps are used to help the children learn texts by heart. They then add actions to the story and develop oracy skills by lots of retelling to internalise new vocabulary and language patterns. Children then have the opportunity to innovate and invent their own stories. Talk for writing units are brought to life by a stimulus day designed to capture children's attention before being introduced to the story. Where possible, links are made to the topic being covered that term in classes.


More information can be found here: