Rosary Catholic Primary School

Rosary Catholic Primary School
Rosary Catholic Primary School

“Very exciting... you have fun here!”
- Alejandro

“We respect each other like a family”
- Megan

“Coming here will give you a good education is an amazing school”
- Charlotte

“The Rosary School is a fantastic place... It's a peaceful paradise for learning”
- Laurance

“When I joined in Y1 everyone was accepting and made me feel welcome”
- Abraham

“I don't want to leave because of the great memories I have made here”
- Hannah

“Everyone treats each other like an equal”
- Grace

“We are like one big family, who achieve the best!”
- Toby

“ achieve high levels and get lots of support”
- Findlay

Life at Rosary Catholic Primary School Life at Rosary Catholic Primary School Life at Rosary Catholic Primary School


Importance of Reading

At the Rosary we value the importance of reading and provide opportunities for children to learn the vital skills required to become proficient readers but also encourage them to want to read for pleasure. We believe reading is vital for children to enable them to learn new things including developing knowledge about the world, stimulate their imagination and can be highly beneficial for their own mental health. We want all the children at our school to experience rich vocabulary, gain extensive knowledge about how stories can be told and to develop a love of reading as they move through the school.

We encourage all the children to read everyday at home with 4x a week being the minimum. Reading at home is vital for development as readers, it is the most important ingredient to becoming all that you can be!

As Richard Steele said “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body”.


The children’s reading adventure starts in reception class with daily phonics lessons based on the letters and sounds scheme where the children hear and join in with stories, poems and rhymes and learn new phoneme sounds which help them read whole words with segmenting and blending technique.
Furthermore, they will begin their guided reading sessions which are short lessons where a small group of children will practise their reading out loud as well as comprehension with the class teacher in fellow class members within their group.

Reception class also have a spacious reading corner where the children can pick up a book and read quietly for pleasure during their free play time. The book corner includes a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as fun picture books.

KS1 (Year 1 and 2):

Moving on from EYFs the children in KS1 carry on with daily phonics every morning learning new sounds and practising existing ones and working on their segmenting and blending skills to help them read whole words fluently.
Similar to EYFs the children have grouped guided reading sessions every week where they are able to apply their phonic skills to help them read extracts from a book out loud in a small group but also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of what they have read through questioning and discussions in these small group sessions. The texts used in these guided reading sessions range from short stories, extracts from stories, picture books, information texts and poems.    

KS2 (Year 3 to 6):

As the children reach KS2, guided reading sessions continue in the same way but with a range of vocabulary rich and thought-provoking text to help expand their reading experiences. Texts are chosen carefully to help introduce a range of authors and genres including a mixture of classic and modern style texts. The structure of these sessions can vary and will include the teacher reading, pupils reading out loud or reading to themselves. Within these sessions a lot of discussions happen including word meanings, making predictions as well as summarising what has happened so far in the story. During our guided reading lessons, the children also learn how to answer a range of questions focusing on retrieval, prediction and inference skills.

In every class we also encourage the class teacher to read a class book/novel most days demonstrating how to read fluently, with expression and how to correctly use punctuation when reading to help encourage children to want to read for pleasure and not just as part of a lesson in school!  

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” Roald Dahl