Curriculum Intent Statement



At St Edmund’s Primary School, we believe that high-quality Reading provision should develop children’s love of reading.

We aim to inspire an appreciation of our rich and varied literary heritage and a habit of reading widely and often. We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their reading. At St Edmund’s, we give high priority to the teaching of Reading as we firmly believe it is key to wider learning. We endeavour to foster a culture that loves literature, where children love to read and love to be read to. A love that we hope they will carry with them through the rest of their lives beyond St Edmund’s school gates.

At St Edmunds:

  • Children will be learning phonics, sight words and strategies to read unknown words.
  • They will be part of a daily phonics group, which will develop their phonological knowledge and the skills of blending and segmenting.
  • Children in FSU will be learning to read on a 1 to 1 basis and towards the end of the Summer Term Reception children will begin to read in a weekly guided group.
  • Our FSU children are read to 5 times per day in a variety of contexts in order to extend and develop their vocabulary.
  • KS1 and KS2 class novels are linked to our English curriculum and topic-based themes, they are carefully selected to develop and extend vocabulary within each year group.
  • In Year One and Two, some children will be learning to read on a 1 to 1 basis and all children within a weekly guided group. In Year Two, children will be learning to read within a guided group and will complete small group comprehension to develop their deduction and inference skills.
  • Whilst in KS2, the children will continue to develop their reading ability within a weekly teacher lead guided reading session and will complete independent comprehension to develop their deduction and inference skills.
  • Phonics is taught using the LCP Planning document which is based upon ‘Letters and Sounds’, the planning document takes ‘Letters and Sounds’ and organises it into structured and systematic phonic lessons.
  • Our main reading scheme is Big Cat, which are fully decodable and directly linked to the teaching of phonics.
  • We use Big Cat progression texts for high interest lower ability readers.
  • In FSU and KS1, children take two banded books home per week which are directly linked to their phonics sessions.
  • In KS2, all children have their own home reader and a reading for pleasure book from our school library.
  • All home readers and guided reading texts are chosen based on the most recent assessment data.

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