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St Clare's Catholic Primary School

With Jesus we learn to love and love to learn




Why we teach reading at St Clare's


At St Clare's, we understand that Reading is a fundamental skill that will support children's learning across the whole curriculum. Reading is not simply the decoding of black marks on the page, but involves the ability to read with fluency and understanding. Our Reading Curriculum covers a wide range of quality texts including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. 

In addition to daily Phonics lessons in EYFS and KS1, there are daily Reading lessons in both KS1 and KS2. We also aim to instil a lifelong love of reading by sharing  a daily class novel and having weekly visits to the school library.





Mission Statement

With Jesus, we learn to love and love to learn

Our Vision

To give every child a sense of belonging, so that they have a safe and stable base from which to develop and learn.

To enable every child to grow academically, socially, morally, spiritually and culturally in the knowledge that they are loved by God and can feel safe and valued within our school community.

To nurture and support children through their primary school journey so that they are confident and well equipped  to progress into the wider world as strong, independent learners and thoughtful, caring individuals.

Our Values








Our Intent

As competence in reading is key to independent learning, it is given the highest priority at St Clare’s. We believe that every child can learn to read with the right teaching and support, and aim to develop word reading, fluency and comprehension through high quality teaching and learning. Furthermore, we aim to instil a lifelong love of reading by engaging and encouraging children to listen to, discuss and read a wide range of quality books.


  • Daily Phonics sessions in EYFS and KS1 using My Letters and Sounds
  • Regular assessments
  • Phonics interventions to support keeping up
  • Reading books matched to each child’s level
  • Daily reading lessons in KS1 and KS2
  • Reading interventions to support keeping up
  • Daily shared class story
  • Weekly visits to school library to choose books for pleasure



  • Have good phonemic awareness
  • Decode using Systematic Synthetic Phonics
  • Read with fluency
  • Have a wide vocabulary
  • Have good comprehension skills
  • Are able to use reading skills to support learning across the curriculum
  • Are regular, independent readers
  • Have a love of reading



Whole School Progression Document