Reading at St Mary’s

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island

                                                                                                           -Walt Disney



It is really important to read as much as possible with your child. Research shows that children who are helped at home make better progress in school.  By enjoying books together and sharing a love of stories from the earliest age, will help your child develop. Children regard reading as a special kind of sharing because they have your personal attention and reading with your child can be fun and very rewarding.


On this page you will be able to find :

. Bookmarks containing guidance for each year group

. Lots of ideas for questions you can use to prompt your child’s deeper understanding of the text

. Book suggestions for each of Years 3 to 6

. How comprehension progresses as your child gets older


Practising Early Reading Skills


The books that your child brings home from school should be at the right level for your child. These are levelled reading scheme books, and are written to ensure steady progress and success. Many of these books include helpful notes for parents inside the front or back cover.


You can find our Top 10 Tips on reading with your child in the document below.

The Fluent Reader


It is important to continue reading with even the most fluent reader right up to Year 6. As the text that your child is reading, both in school and at home, becomes increasingly more difficult, you can help your child to develop the skills required to obtain a deeper understanding of what they are reading.


The document below provides some guidance on how you can help.

Resources To Help


Below you will find ‘print out and cut out’ bookmarks that provide guidance and sample questions that you can use when reading with your child. Use these to extend your child’s comprehension skills and deepen understanding.

Book Suggestions


Looking for ideas for age appropriate books to read to your child? Below are links to age appropriate books that the BookTrust have deemed one of their 100 books to read before leaving Primary School. Due to the money raised by Friends of St Mary's, each class has a borrowing library that is available to any parents wanting to read to their child. These books are also available to children that are 'free readers'.

Book Banded Reading Scheme


In 2019 we received funding through Friends of St Mary's to extend our reading books. Below is a chart that shows how a child will progress in their reading during their time at school.

Guided Reading

To enable your child's comprehension skills to develop, we regularly carry out guided reading sessions in school. Through focussed questioning, your child learns how to extract information through a DIAL approach.

Deductive= looking for clues in the text to make an informed opinion.

Inferential= reading between the lines.

Authorial Intent = why the writer chose to use a specific word or phrase.

Literal= evidence found in the text.

Below is a table showing how these comprehension skills, through age appropriate texts, develop throughout school.

Skill and question type

Year 2 Year3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6
Literal yesyes yesyes yes yes yes
Deductive yesyes yesyes yesyes yesyes yes
Inferential yes yes yesyes yesyes yesyes
Authorial Intent yes yes yes yes yesyes


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