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World Book Day 2022

What a wonderful World Book Day had by all. Children looked fantastic and made a great effort with their outfits. Thank you to all those children who took part in our competition 'Reading in strange places'. Thank you to staff for the amazing effort too. Have a look in the files for our staff 'The Masked Reader' video. Can you guess who is behind the mask? Children had a go at this in class on World Book Day. 




'Ready, Steady, Read' 27th September- 4th October 2021

Children at Kirkstall St Stephen's Primary School are taking part in a sponsored read this week 'Ready, Steady. Read'.

Children are being sponsored to read as much as they can in 7 days by friends and family. All the money raised will be used to

buy brand new books for each class and our school library. Thank you to all those Parents and Carers helping your children to take part

we appreciate all of your efforts. Good luck everyone!


Reading Volunteers September 2021

Thank you so much to all of our Reading Hero volunteers last week and moving forward. Children across school received an extra 15 hours of reading last week which is so beneficial to their learning in all areas. Regular readers thrive!

Parent/ Carer comments and feedback

Reading Open Morning Wednesday 4th July 2018

Thank you to all those of you who attended our Reading Open Morning. We had some lovely, positive feedback, here are a few of the written feedback comments we recieved. 

"Found the talk on the Key Reading Skills really helpful & tips for encouraging at home. Interesting to see this played out in different ways with different ages & abilities. Thanks"
"Very informative talk before joining the children. Lovely to see the children enjoying the books."
"Thanks very much for the opportunity to see how you've developed reading. It all seems great! :-) "
"Very informative and interesting. Good to see how older/more advanced readers will be developed. Thanks"
"Thank you for a really informative morning, and taking time to inform us. It was really interesting to see how you are making reading more interesting and also more understanding for the children".
"A really interesting insight into reading".
"Very Informative and a great opportunity to find out about 1:1 Reading and the skill letter code, which will be used in Year 1 with my daughter. I will work on retrieval at home with J  to develop her reading."
"Really useful to see how the curriculum in different classes are learning and practicing reading. I think the new methods look interesting and varied and I think my child will respond well to
them. Also useful for teachers to assess the reading in a structured way."

        Our aim is to foster a love of reading so that children read for pleasure and enjoyment! 

Here at Kirkstall St Stephen’s English is a core subject and is embedded across the curriculum. It is a life skill which is essential to the development of the child and will help enhance learning in all areas.  The acquisition of English is essential since it encompasses all areas of learning and as such we would encourage, where appropriate, a cross curricular approach to the teaching of English as this can be exploited to provide meaningful learning contexts.

At Kirkstall St Stephens we strive to achieve a more creative and experiential approach to the curriculum. We strive to create a community of readers and writers who use their skills confidently and competently. 

Here at Kirkstall St Stephen's we initially teaching reading through a synthetic phonics programme.
We currently use:

  • Jolly phonics (Reception)
  • Letters and sounds (Year 1 and 2)
  • Rising stars weekly spelling tests

We are in the process of changing over to the Twinkl Phonics system, which uses a blend of the above techniques including songs, jingles, actions and letter formation rhymes. This will be fully embedded by September 2022. 

In Year 2 and key stage 2 we also use:

  • A variety of texts linking to topics to teach the 10 key comprehension skills.


  • Various different resources and book schemes to teach the national curriculum comprehension skills for each year goup

Reading Information for Parents

Please find attached reading information for each year group detailing book bands and where a child should be at the beginning and end of the year. 


One to One Reading across school

At Kirkstall St Stephen's we teach reading through the 'ten key skills' which are: Goal Preview Monitor Visualise Infer Question Retrieval Vocabulary Summarise Predict


Files to Download

Kirkstall St Stephen's C of E (VA) Primary School

Morris Lane,

entrance via Norman Street

Janet Skelton
School Business Manager

Frances Andrews 0113 382 1960
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