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Reading CHALLENGE 2020: for each year group, how many can you tick to show you have read?

The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

 read easily, fluently and with good understanding

 develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

 acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language

 appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage

 write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences

 use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

 are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

Phonics, Reading and Writing are the main priorities for English in our school.


At St Paulinus School, phonics teaching and learning is planned using the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme published by the Dfes.

This breaks down phonics teaching into six strands, each building on the knowledge learned in the previous strand and includes learning how to blend sounds for reading and segmenting them for writing words.

We also use resources from the 'Jolly Phonics' published materials to enhance our teaching, as well as monitoring children's understanding of the first 200 most frequently used words in the English language. 


Children in the Reception Class and years 1 and 2 begin their journey learning to read with the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme. This highly enjoyable scheme bases the early stages of it's books around a familiar family of characters and then widens with increasingly harder texts that include phonic-based simple stories, poetry, factual books and stories for older children to enjoy.

As the children become increasingly independent confident readers, they progress to choosing from a wider range of books that are in colour-coded bands but can continue to read from the 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme too. We supplement this with other published schemes such as Collins 'Big Cat' books.

Exciting news: With incredible financial support from the PTA we are in the process of purchasing a more updated reading scheme for KS1 and even some KS2. 

Welcome to the   Confession Corner



Every month, we will be choosing one boy and one girl to be the lucky winners to write something for the Confession Corner. It will be an opportunity for them to write about something they like, to create a story or write an information report, welcoming us into their unique world of interests and talents. 

We look forward to reading your amazing pieces and finding out more about your interests. There will be a prize at the end of the year, for the most read article. 


2018 KS1 English reading exemplification: working towards the expected standard Pupil A

This video is of a child working towards the expected standard for KS1.

2018 KS1 English reading exemplification: working at the expected standard Pupil E

This video is an example of a child reading at the expected level for the end of KS1. Notice the questions and the pace of reading.

2018 KS1 English reading exemplification: working at greater depth Pupil F

This video is an example of what is perceived as "Greater Depth" in reading. Notice the fluency, pace of reading and the correct use of intonation.

Book Week! Celebrating Books with a Book Fair and a Favourite Character Dress up day.

KS2 Working at the expected standard