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St John's C of E Primary School

"Sharing joy and hope in the community."


Reading Offer

At St. John’s, we nurture a lifelong appreciation of books which starts from the moment your child joins us. We sincerely 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, to share in cultural experiences and to develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves.


Research shows that children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all other subjects as well. Reading is also essential in developing language skills through the exposure to challenging vocabulary on different topics which they may not hear otherwise in their day-to-day lives. We know that reading encourages a thirst for knowledge and leads to children asking questions and developing an interest in different cultures and languages. We also know that a love of reading helps to develop a child’s imagination and creativity.


At St. John’s, we want to encourage and nurture a love of reading for all our children and we do this in a variety of ways. We start by placing a high importance on reading in the early stages and much of our daily timetable focuses on phonic skills and word recognition whilst sharing picture books linked to the learning in class. Children who are gaining fluency are able to choose from high quality books, suitable for their ability while still encouraging an enjoyment of reading.

Every year group, from Bramble Class to Starling Class develop a love of reading which begins with our phonics scheme Essential Letters and sounds and continues through the exciting choice of books featured in our English scheme – The Literacy Tree. Books are explored by a whole class, in Guided Reading groups and often on a one-to-one basis. Children rehearse and develop their skills through the school reading scheme and, when fluent, can venture into the world of ‘free reading’ whilst still being monitored by their teacher.


We understand the significance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills so we endeavour to build a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to have the confidence to support their children with reading at home. Our Reading Challenge badges and trophies reward both a child’s individual commitment to reading and that of the class.


Theme Days, holiday competitions and visits by authors also help to broaden our pupils’ interest in books and to foster their love of literature.


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.