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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

Reading at St Francis de Sales



At St Francis de Sales, we believe that a quality reading curriculum should develop the children’s enthusiasm and love of reading.   We aim to instil this through the culture of our school where reading for pleasure is highly valued and by providing a stimulating and immersive reading environment. Reading is at the heart of our curriculum and supports all school life with skills being developed though a range of rich and varied learning opportunities. We value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers who have a thirst for and a habit of reading widely and often. Through our curriculum, we aim to inspire an appreciation of our diverse literacy heritage and open doors to authors and genres that pupils would not otherwise encounter.


We know and understand our children and our curriculum is a clear response to the context of our school and enables high aspirations and achievement for all pupils. It follows a clear pathway of progression as pupils advance through the primary curriculum and has been designed to ensure that every child can achieve. We believe that a secure foundation in literacy is crucial to a high quality education and will provide our children with the tools they need to participate fully as a member of society. Reading is crucial to widen horizons and raise aspirations. As a school, we promote high academic outcome and apply a ‘no glass ceilings’ approach to differentiation to ensure pupils are not restricted by artificial barriers or unjustified limitations on their learning enabling equality of opportunity for all pupils.


Our curriculum follows a three strand approach. Each strand is meticulously planned to develop children’s confidence, ability to apply their knowledge and most of all enjoyment of reading. ‘Pupil Reads’ takes place across the school daily. Dedicated time is given to develop competence in skilled word reading and ensures that pupils are regularly heard by an adult. It is imperative to dedicate time to this to provide a strong foundation for other reading skills to be built upon. ‘Story sessions’ allow children to study carefully selected books to discover a range of authors and genres. Not only does this time allow for teachers to demonstrate exemplary reading skills, but also allows children to discover a range of linguistic conventions and challenging vocabulary. Each chosen text also provides an excellent stimulus for writing. ‘Comprehension’ sessions allow children to independently apply their knowledge of the different assessment strands before the teacher models high quality answers providing children with the knowledge necessary to advance their skills. Vocabulary is infused throughout our curriculum to develop a breadth and depth of knowledge.


Alongside this, we understand that Phonics is an integral part of learning how to read fluently and in order to learn the skills of blending and segmenting and to learn grapheme-phoneme correspondences (GPC's), children should have worked through the six phonic phases in order.  However, some children will not have had enough experience of phonics to be entirely secure. 


In order to support children reach the expected standard in Key Stage 2, high quality phonics intervention must be delivered regularly to those pupils who still have gaps in their phonological awareness. Many children will need to revise and revisit aspects of phonics throughout Key Stage 2 and this will be taught explicitly through a systematic way. Our aim is to track pupils who did not meet the expected standard in phonics in year 1 and provide targeted intervention to these pupils in year 3.


We are confident that we are providing a broad and balanced curriculum which provides a culture capital. By the end of their time at St Francis de Sales, all pupils will have been given the opportunity to  become confident, fluent readers who show a real love and curiosity for reading which will stay with them for a lifetime. They will have the skills necessary for future success and the high aspirations to succeed.



Whole School Curriculum: National Curriculum & Long Term Planning
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