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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine



(Why we teach Reading)


Our main priority is for all children, regardless of background, gender or ability to learn to read and that reading be seen as the most vital skill to improve children’s life chances. Throughout their time at primary school, children will be encouraged to develop a life- long love of literature and enjoy reading for pleasure. Children will be provided with a diverse range of vocabulary- rich reading materials that they are confident to respond to and which they will be able to read with expression, fluency, clarity and with understanding. The reading curriculum should make effective links across the wider curriculum and be used to engage children in other subjects thus enhancing their knowledge. Engaging and inspiring reading areas will evident around school and in the classroom to help promote the importance of reading and which children can contribute to themselves. The importance of reading will be demonstrated by all staff so that children see the enjoyment and benefits to be gained from reading and, additionally, we aim to ensure that parents have a good understand how vital reading is to their children’s education and life.  

Our latest reading newletter

Reading map of our class texts