Steps to Read
Steps to Read is planning support for whole class Shared Reading through carefully crafted units of work. They empower teachers to teach all aspects of word reading and comprehension through high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
Steps to Read provides a clear teaching sequence to reading sessions that explicitly teach reading skills and strategies in a cumulative way through evidence-based approaches. These comprehensive units have been constructed so that the entire statutory curriculum for reading is covered from Year 1 – 6.
The primary aim of Steps to Read is to teach reading comprehensions skills and strategies explicitly.
Year 1 – 6
Daily Shared Reading lesson plans for 4 – 5 weeks per half term
Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry extracts
Explicit teaching of Comprehension Skills and Strategies
Daily Vocabulary work
Daily fluency work
Decodable & Common Exception Words (Year 1)
Common Exception Words (Year 2)
They also enable schools to draw upon the wider curriculum, which supports schools to build rich curriculums.
We provide a wealth of consultancy support to ensure the impact of this resource is maximised. This incorporates support for online resources, phone conferences, webinars and inset days.
In-school support is available for modelled sessions, environmental audits, leadership support and helping schools establish systems for monitoring and evaluation.
With many schools engaging with Steps to Read in a short time since July 2020, this school improvement tool is having great impact in the explicit teaching of reading. Schools within and outside the United Kingdom are seeing great improvement in children’s reading ability and comprehension. This resource is also proving a helpful tool in this education recovery era.
The cost of this resource is £60 for each comprehensive 90+ page document that provides a half term planning for schools. There are six units per year group with a bundle price of £350 for the full reading curriculum per year group. NB Vehicle Texts are not included in the price of the scheme.
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Collins Big Cat
From early phonic development to fluent reading, Collins Big Cat is a whole-school reading scheme that provides complete support for primary reading. With over 1,000 levelled readers, equally split between fiction and non-fiction and covering a wide variety of genres and text types, you can support teaching across the curriculum as well as finding something to inspire and engage every reader.
All books feature beautiful illustrations and stunning photography and many have been quizzed for Accelerated Reader and Reading Recovery. You can also develop and assess key reading skills, including inference and deduction, through comprehensive teaching and assessment support.
Reception – Year 6 (EYFS – KS2)
Phonics for Letters and Sounds – 256 fully decodable readers and 2 Phonics Teacher Handbooks
Phonics Practice – 72 phonic-based readers for further practice
Guided, whole-class and independent readers – Over 1000 high-quality banded readers for the whole school covering a wealth of genres and topics
Ebook library – Over 1000 ebooks
Assessment – Digital and print
Extended readers to challenge able readers
Phonics Progress – 24 books for Year 2/P3 children
Progress – 71 books at KS1 reading levels with KS2 interest levels
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Big Cat is used by thousands of schools. Read some of the reasons why schools chose Collins Big Cat for their reading scheme and watch staff from St George’s Catholic Primary School explain why they invested in Collins Big Cat.
The Tara Binns mini-series also recently won the 3-star award in the STEM category of the Teach Primary awards.
The most cost-effective way to buy Big Cat is through purchasing sets as these contain a 20% discount built-in to the price. You can also purchase 1 year subscriptions to our ebook library. View our subscription options. Each Big Cat book is also available to buy individually. Our sales consultants are always happy to discuss discounts and offers with you.
Steps to Read Foundations