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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Reading at St Anne's Infants' School

Reading Books  

Your child will bring home books specially selected to support their reading journey.  Shortly after the children join us in Reception, they bring a phonics shared reader book home with them, this contains the Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence (GPC)*, that the children have learnt that week. Phonics and shared reading lessons carry on into Year 1 and as such, children continue to bring home a phonics shared reading book weekly.  Some children will continue with daily phonics lessons in Year 2.

When children are confident 'recognising and stretching'* to read, most of the GPCs they have learnt, and can also read most red words (Common Exception Words*), they will begin to bring home a ‘reading for pleasure’ book, (these are identifiable by the coloured sticker and number on them).  The point at which this will happen will be different for each child depending on their personal reading journey.   


All children will bring home a library book which they have chosen in their weekly, class, library slot. Your child's class teacher will let you know when their library slot is so the book can be brought back and changed. 


If you have any questions about reading books or the strategies used to support children's reading, please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher who will be happy to help. 


How you can help  

Our 'reading strategy checklist' poster can be found below and on the inside front cover of your child's reading diary.  This checklist provides helpful strategies and prompts to support your child when hearing them read with a view to developing their independence.


*Grapheme-phoneme correspondence' (GPC) is the relationship between a phoneme (unit of sound e.g. sss) and its graphemes (or symbols e.g. the letter /s/). We use the terminology GPC with children from Reception. 

Learning grapheme-phoneme correspondences helps children to stretch and read a word.  

For example:





*Common Exception Words- words that appear regularly in both written and spoken language but do not follow standard spelling rules.


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