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St Gilbert's R.C.

Primary School

Inspired by St. Gilbert, as God's family, we are growing strong in love and faith, becoming the best we can be.



Our book banded reading scheme is made up of books from Read, Write Inc., Rocket Phonics and Dandelion Launchers & Readers. These form the main decodable readers. We also have resources from Oxford Reading Tree,  Bug Club, Collins Big Cat and a variety of other reading schemes. The decodable books reinforce the phonics that the children are learning in class. The children take these home through the week and for the weekend they are given an extra book from the other schemes. These include non-fiction books and they can be read or just shared at home. Once children have reached the end of the scheme they can choose their reading book from our library. This is also colour-coded and the children move onto a new level as they progress with their reading. Each class also has a reading corner with a supply of more books to read for pleasure.

Phonics & Early Reading Meeting

A Trip to Madeleine Lindley Bookshop

During ‘Reading Week’ each class held a competition to win a golden ticket. The golden ticket enabled the winners to go on a special trip to the wonderful Madeleine Lindley Bookshop in Oldham. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit. They were spoilt for choice but eventually chose a book for themselves. 

A Poem about Reading

Reading Spine

We have an additional set of books for each class to read. As the children move through the school they will read these books, or have them read to them. Each collection has been carefully chosen to include classic children’s fiction as well as modern day stories. We know they will ensure the children have a rich diet of fiction before they leave St. Gilbert’s.

Reading Corners

Whole-School Reading Survey

The Reading Journey at St. Gilbert's

Parent video: Why read to your child

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