Power of Reading

In September 2018, we began our Power of Reading journey and now teach our English curriculum, from Class R all the way up to Class 6, using high quality texts provided by CLPE's Power of Reading subscription.

Power of Reading has been compiled with highly regarded classroom-based research and experience of working with teachers to ensure that the teaching of the English curriculum is creative, engaging and inspiring. Power of Reading introduces children to a range of high quality books and as a result, develops a child's love of reading and writing, something that we, at St. Michael's, want to nurture. 

School Library

All of our children have daily access to our school library, which is run by our Year 6 librarians.

The library contains a variety of fiction and non-fiction books, both classics and new releases. We aim to regularly update the library with new releases and the children are involved in choosing our new purchases.

Bostall Community Library

Since September 2018, each class has a termly visit to Bostall Library, where they have the opportunity to explore another wonderful selection of books and listen to stories read by library staff.

Year 6 have even been involved in selecting new books for the library. On each visit, the children select a book to take out on loan.


Reading Schemes

At St Michael's, our book bands start at lilac and go all the way to black. These book bands support the development of children's early reading skills resulting in them becoming competent and reflective readers in the later years.

 If you would like further information about our book band please see our book band guide.

Book Band Guide

Guided Reading

At St. Michael's, we dedicate time to develop children's reading beyond word reading so that they leave with a good level of reading comprehension.

We use Reading VIPERS to help develop the various skills associated with reading comprehension.

In Key Stage 1, children participate in a Guided Reading carousel; each group is involved in a reading activity with their teacher at least once a week.

In Key Stage 2, reading comprehension is delivered through whole class reading sessions using Reading Explorers.


Our phonics teaching at St. Michael's follows Letters and Sounds, supplemented by the Jolly Phonics scheme.

Pupils in Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 all receive daily phonics teaching.

Children in Year 1 are expected to complete the Phonic Screening Check in June. The check involves reading a combination of forty pseudo and real words. The purpose of the check is to identify children who are able to segment and blend words at the expected level. Any children who do not reach the required standard will retake the check in Year, 2 having received targeted input throughout the year.


In KS1, weekly spelling is linked to phonics.

In KS2, we follow the Spelling Shed scheme which supports the English Programme of Study.

Children in classes 1-6 all have access to Spelling Shed, which they can use to practise their weekly spelling words.