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English - Reading Curriculum

Intent, Implementation, and Impact

English – Reading Curriculum Statement

 Our curriculum is joined and sequenced properly to ensure that our children avoid gaps in their learning. A globally relevant curriculum helps to facilitate children with a strong world view.


At St. John’s RC Primary School, our curriculum is designed with reading as a priority. We want our children to develop a love for reading. We strive to ensure pupils at St. John’s Primary School can:

  • Confidently and fluently read with understanding
  • Develop an enjoyment or reading with a love of books
  • Develop a wide and varied vocabulary
  • Read a wide range of texts and genres


The teaching of reading begins when children start in Early Years at St. John’s with phonics. We follow a synthetic phonics programme: Little Wandle. Children are taught phonics daily and, in this lesson, they participate in speaking, listening, and spelling activities linked to the sound they are learning. If there are children who are not secure in their decoding skills by the end of Key Stage 1, children will continue to access the phonics programme into Year 3 with 1:1 Sessions to address any gaps.

Once decoding has been successful, children are then able to develop their comprehension skills so that they can read age-appropriate texts with fluency and understanding. At St. John’s, we use age-appropriate texts for discreet comprehension sessions on a weekly basis from Literacy Shed Plus. This offers children to read a wide variety of text types and engage with wider issues. In addition to this, our children take part in whole class reading activities 3 times a week in Key Stage 2, embedding the 6 key domains of the reading curriculum following the acronym: VIPERS (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval, Sequence or Summarise).

Our children are developing their love for reading and are ‘SUPER READERS’ at St. John’s. Every day, children read with a peer to develop their understanding and fluency when reading and to promote their enjoyment of it too! A core strength of our school is the time dedicated to children reading in small groups pr individually with adults.

Intended Impact

At St. John’s RC Primary School, we will see success in reading through the enjoyment and love of reading. Our pupils will be confident in discussing the books they have read and love with both staff, and their peers. We will monitor the impact through discussion with colleagues, children and parents, learning walks, book looks and data.