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The importance of Reading:


Reading is recognised as fundamental to the children’s learning and is an essential and integral part of all areas of the curriculum. We understand that children will not be 'highly engaged' if they struggle to read and therefore we prioritise phonics in the teaching of Reading at St Luke's.


St Luke's Reading Curriculum aims (2021 - 2022):


We aim for all of our pupils to leave St Luke's as independent, enthusiastic and knowledgeable readers, inspired by our wider curriculum.


We have invested and continue to invest in an abundance of new and exciting texts throughout our curriculum with the aim of inspiring our pupils to not only learn how to read, but also ignite a desire in them to want to read. This is something we will be working extra hard on this year and our new Reading curriculum will help pupils:


  • Learn to decode and read fluently with the right level of accuracy, speed and intonation.
  • Develop a broad, rich bank of vocabulary and a love of language.
  • Be exposed to a wide range of text types and genres and understand their purpose.
  • Develop comprehension skills in order to understand and articulate reading matter.
  • Use the reading materials throughout the curriculum to improve knowledge and understanding of the world and develop an interest in topics.
  • Develop a love of reading and a desire to explore the wonders of books.
  • Have the ability to participate in discussions about books and share opinions.
  • Develop a broad knowledge of books and authors and develop preferences.


St Luke's approach to teaching Reading:


Our Reading Policy below details how Phonics and Reading are taught at St Luke's and explains how pupils improve their reading skills within the Phonics scheme. There is also information on how we encourage home reading opportunities, details of interventions for extra support and how we promote Reading for Pleasure.


Reading for Pleasure:


This year, we will be endeavouring to achieve the One Education Reading Award! There will be lots going on to celebrate our love of reading such as meeting new authors, competitions and events, developments to the library and much more!. (See the Reading Policy for more details on how we celebrate Reading at St Luke's).




We are currently transitioning to a new phonics scheme 'Essential Letters and Sounds'. This transition will start in January 2021 which will build on the excellent phonics teaching and learning currently in place. For more information on our current approach to phonics, please see the Early Reading and Phonics policy on the phonics page.


Have a look on Twitter at the fantastic reading going on at St Luke's: #Stlukesburyreading

RECOVERY CURRICULUM – COVID 19 (September 2021 latest update)


Throughout this turbulent year, Reading and Phonics have still been top priorities at St Luke's.

During school closures:


  • In EYFS, phonics videos were provided for parents to access at home with their children including a bank of resources to help practise decoding.
  • In Key Stage One, the class teacher delivered daily, live, online phonics lessons. Children continued to learn new phonemes and practised Reading and Writing during the sessions.
  • In Key Stage One and Two, Reading was taught daily following our Guided Reading sequence and extracts were shared remotely for children to read and discuss during live lessons. 


We recognised it was sometimes difficult for children to read for pleasure at home as they did not have the same access to a range of books. We provided lots of free resources for children to access at home to enjoy, such as free audio books, story times with authors and a portal where children could leave reviews and comments about books.


Priorities for September 2021:


Throughout school, pupils have been assessed on their current phonic knowledge and a bespoke curriculum has been created for each year group to address any misconceptions (please see phonics section of our website for more details.)


Where necessary, the long term plans above for teaching Reading comprehension skills will be adjusted depending on the needs of the class. 


Children will have the option to take books home to read weekly either independently or with family or friends. Where children are learning phonics, they will take home decodable books matched to their phonics knowledge and a book to read for pleasure. All children are able to take books home from either the class or school library to enjoy at home. (Please see Homework section of the website for details of when children can swap their books.)


We are also developing reading opportunities across the curriculum, in addition to English lessons, to increase children’s exposure to texts and practise decoding, improve reading fluency and comprehension skills.