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English - Reading

English - Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

Our Intent


Reading is an extremely vital life skill and is undoubtedly the key to success - it is at the core of eveything that we do! At St. Francis de Sales, we strive for our pupils to not only value its great importance, but to gain great enjoyment from it too. We aim to encourage passionate readers for life!


Did you know that around 90% of vocabulary is only regularly encountered in a written format (e.g. in books) rather than during everyday conversation? This means that regular reading will lead to a child knowing more words and improving their abilities in a wide range of areas – not just English!


At SFDS, we have a fantastic whole school library with a wide range of quality texts available for pupils to independently choose from. These texts will act as their home reading books. However, there is nothing stopping pupils from also reading additional texts of their choice at home too. In fact, this would be brilliant news!


The purpose of reading in our school is to:


  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.
  • Widen pupils’ vocabulary knowledge and usage.
  • Improve children’s independence and confidence in decoding tricky/unfamiliar words.
  • Enable all children to read with confidence, fluency and expression.
  • Ensure that all children read for meaning and understanding.
  • Develop pupils’ understanding of writers’ use of language.
  • Improve children’s understanding of grammar and punctuation conventions.
  • Develop predicting, summarising and clarifying skills.
  • Ensure that children can retrieve literal information from texts accurately.
  • Improve pupils’ inference and deduction skills.
  • Encourage children to appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage.
  • Allow children to use speaking and listening to share ideas and understandings.
Whole School Curriculum: National Curriculum & Long Term Planning
Knowledge Organisers




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