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St Peter’s of Eaton Square C of E Primary School

Reading Curriculum Overview

INTENT - Our Curriculum Intent

At St Peter’s teaching of reading is one of the most important aspects in our provision for all the children. We understand that being able to read provides children with access to the world around them and supports their ability to learn and develop in all other areas. However, reading also brings a joy and a sense of astonishment that cannot be achieved in any other way; children can discover new worlds, reflect on the past and explore emotions from the point of view of wonderful diversity of our world.

IMPLEMENTATION – How We Will Deliver Our Curriculum

Early Reading and Phonics

In EYFS nursery children experience early phonics through daily Phonics sessions. While the Reception children’s phonological awareness and phonic knowledge is developed using the ReadWriteInc programme through explicit daily phonics teaching. 

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read, and this does wonders for their confidence.

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing.

Developing A Love of Reading

We would like children to develop a life-long love of reading and to experience a range of diverse, quality children’s literature - that they can carry across their life. We want EVERY child to fulfill their potential and achieve to their fullest, and we know that reading for pleasure supports this goal.

To help achieve this, each year group have a ‘Favourite Five’ selection of books that they read each half term - 30 favourite books over the year. This collection of books, across the school is our ‘Reading Spine’. The books have been carefully chosen to represent classics, traditional tales, books relevant to our time and importantly, books that are a true reflection and celebration of diversity.

Whole School Reading Spines

Within our classrooms you will see... 

  • Home reading being changed once a week 
  • Home Reading Records (KS2)
  • Whole Class Story times 
  • D.E.A.R. - Drop Everything And Read

IMPACT – How We Will Evaluate Our Curriculum

We use various ways to find out how the children are getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level as him or her. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think he or she needs some extra help to keep up. 

We also use a reading test so that we can make sure that all our children are at the level that they should be for their age compared to all the children across the country.

In the summer term, the government asks us to do a phonics check of all the Year 1 children. That gives us extra information about their progress.

Children leave St Peter’s well prepared to succeed in Secondary school and beyond and, most importantly, remain lifelong learners with a true love of reading.