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St Bartholomew's

Catholic Primary School

English - Reading

Our approach to reading:


At St Bartholomew’s, it is our aim to provide a rich, comprehensive reading programme, offering children a range of opportunities to develop as fluent, enthusiastic, confident and life-long readers, who read for interest, information and enjoyment. We aim to develop learners who are passionate about reading but who also have a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Reading is at the core of our curriculum and is an integral part of all curriculum subjects. Where possible, we teach using a cross curricular approach in order to make learning meaningful for the children. Quality books, both fiction and nonfiction, are utilised throughout the varying topics across the curriculum giving our children the opportunities to read widely, experience topic-related vocabulary in context and to deepen their understanding and curiosity for the topic itself.

Our reading curriculum is designed to:

  • To encourage both boys and girls, of all levels and abilities to develop a love of reading.
  • To foster an interest in words and their meanings and to gain an appreciation and life-long love of books from a variety of genres
  • To enable children to find books interesting, to read with enjoyment and to evaluate and justify their preferences
  • To enable our children to read confidently, fluently, accurately and with understanding
  • To employ a full range of reading cues- phonic, graphic, syntactic, and contextual- to allow the children monitor, correct and make sense of their own reading.
  • To develop a suitable technical vocabulary through which children may discuss the understanding of their reading
  • To develop reading skills in tandem with those of writing, so that the children may function in society as literate readers for life.
  • To develop and create reading opportunities across the curriculum, to make it meaningful and relevant to the children.
  • To be able to use books confidently and accurately in order to find out about the World and develop deeper understanding.
  • To use reading and books as a tool to explore fundamental world issues which the children are passionate to learn more about.
  • To ensure that the key issues of equality and diversity are represented through the books explored within school giving the opportunity for children to see themselves within books.
  • To celebrate the gift of reading and appreciate the rich variety of books, stories and texts we have in school, in libraries, online and at home.


Little People, Big Dreams!

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Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.

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Helping Your Child to Read at Home:

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Key Stage One Reading Workshop

Key Stage Two Reading Workshop

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