At Kettleshulme St James we make reading a priority and it is the foundation of everything we do.

We work especially hard to foster a love of reading in all of our pupils.

In KS1 and KS2 we use Fred’s Teaching to develop children’s comprehension skills. The primary aim of Fred’s Teaching is to teach reading comprehension skills and strategies explicitly.

In KS1, skills include:

  • draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts
  • identify / explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
  • identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
  • make inferences from the text
  • predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

In KS2, skills include:

  • give / explain the meaning of words in context
  • retrieve and record information / identify key details from fiction and non-fiction
  • summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph
  • make inferences from the text / explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text
  • predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • identify / explain how information / narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole
  • identify / explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases
  • make comparisons within the text

Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and in KS2 they have the opportunity to read their individual reading books every day after lunch.

In addition to this, the class teacher will read the class novel (purely for the children’s enjoyment) during story time at the end of the school day.

We encourage children to read at home every night and if children read 5 times or more in a week then they receive a raffle ticket. If they receive enough raffle tickets at the end of the half term they are rewarded with extra playtime.

Every term children are chosen to go on a trip to the local bookshop. They are given a budget and are allowed to choose books to buy for our school library. Back at school they present the books in assembly and explain why they made their choices.

Our KS2 reading challenge is extremely popular. When children have read 10 books from the list, and had them signed off by the expert, they receive an Amazon voucher!

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Kettleshulme St JamesCE (VA) Primary School

Macclesfield Road,
Kettleshulme Cheshire SK23 7QU

School Administrator | Rachel Blood
01663 738020
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‘With The Lord by our side, we build inner strength and create a loving family where all individuals can soar high’John 10:10

Headteacher | SENDCo
Alicia Bellshaw