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English - Reading

Reading and language is at the heart of St Stephen’s.  Reading and language nurtures our lives; it allows our imaginations to grow, and is essential in enabling our school family and community to flourish.

Aims of Reading at St Stephen's

Our role at St Stephen’s is to ensure every member of our community develops a rich, broad and articulate use of language alongside a life-long love of reading.

Many pupils in our community are affected by the 30 Million Word Gap. Upon entering school, they have heard a lot less vocabulary than their peers nationally and have not encountered reading role models, nor a pleasure and love of reading. By studying reading at St Stephen’s, pupils will develop a love for reading and will be able to articulate the books, authors and genres they enjoy. 

They will be able to make recommendations about books because they will have been exposed to a variety of texts that perhaps they otherwise would not have encountered. They will read key classic literature appropriate for their age, giving them the cultural capital they require as they move into adolescence. Ultimately, pupils at St Stephen’s learn to read in order to be able to access all aspects of the school curriculum. 

We want our pupils to read in line with age-related expectations; to talk passionately and excitedly about the books they have read; to make recommendations about books and authors; to name classic and modern literature and talk about their key themes. 

Reading Texts 2021-2022

These are the books we are using, through our Power of Reading approach. Where there is a small leaf with the term, these books are also part of our leaf through a good book initiative and can be clicked on to link to the leaf page

Nursery

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Reception

 

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Year 1

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Year 2

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Year 3

 

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Year 4

 

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Year 5

 

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Year 6

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Expectations of reading at St Stephen's

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Reading National curriculum

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Assessment Statements

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Additional school activities to support reading

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Accelerated Reader

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Half termly curriculum booklet articles

Each half-term, pupils and home are provided with a booklet outlining what pupils are learning, how home can help, useful websites and the vocabulary we will be using. To see the English examples of these, click on the year group below.

Nursery Reception Year 1 Year 2
Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Leaf through a good book

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Useful websites

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