Reading Curriculum intent, implementation and impact statement

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At St Aidan’s, we value reading as a key life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading, we implement the following.

Children take part in Guided Reading lessons, where children are exposed to a range of different texts and can demonstrate their understanding and thinking behind these.

We are very lucky to have a wide range of reading books in our school. All children from Primary to Year 6 choose a reading book to take home and this reading book is changed on a regular basis.

Each classroom will have a selection of books in their classroom which are directly linked with the class topic. This offers opportunities for the children to apply their reading skills across the curriculum.

Children in KS1 are read to each day by their class teacher. This could be a book that the teacher recommends to the class or a recommendation from a child. In KS2, reading often centres around a class novel.

Each classroom has a reading area that is filled with books suitable for their reading age. This is a comfortable place for children to read throughout the day.

In Reception and Year Six, children have the opportunity to take part in ‘Reading Buddies’, in which children mix with other and share a book together.

Children from Reception upwards, will work through our school reading scheme – these are levelled books which match the children’s current reading age until they become free readers. The reading scheme consists of levelled books which are matched to the children’s reading age. We expect family at home to read these books with their children daily and make comments in their child’s reading record.

By the time children leave St Aidan’s they are competent readers who can recommend books to their peers, have a thirst for reading a range of genres including poetry, and participate in discussions about books, including evaluating an author’s use of language and the impact this can have on the reader.

At St Aidan’s, we use a synthetic phonics programme called ‘Jolly Phonics’. Jolly Phonics is a method of learning letter sounds and blending them together to read and write words. As part of this, children have daily phonics sessions in small groups where they participate in speaking, listening and spelling activities that are matched to their developing needs. The teachers draw upon observations and continuous assessment to ensure children are stretched and challenged and to identify children who may need additional support. Children work through the different phases, learning and developing their phonics sounds and knowledge.


Teachers are provided with time to plan the reading and phonics curriculum. As part of this planning process, teachers plan many activities.

Teachers must assess children regularly against the Reading Performance Indicators (in Years 1-6) and against the Reading Early Learning Goal (in EYFS). These regular assessments inform planning and allow teachers to identify any gaps in learning.

Teachers from EYFS and through KS1 also complete regular Phonic assessments to track children.


Through the teaching of systematic phonics, our aim is for children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We give all children the opportunity to enter the magical worlds that books open up to them. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books objectively. This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures and styles.

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