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Teaching reading at St Katherine's

St Katherine's Reading Vision


At St Katherine's CE Primary and Nursery School, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves.


Our reading curriculum ensures pupils develop a lifelong love of reading.  We want to create reading behaviours so all pupils read frequently and widely; whilst confidentially discussing what they read.


Every child becomes a reader through a high quality synthetic phonics curriculum. This is then supported through a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers. 


It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Our pupils are expected to read at least 5 times per week.


Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are committed to promoting a love for reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in English lessons, but in the wider curriculum too; through Reading across the curriculum.