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Our overarching aim for children's Reading is 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.

At Anthony Roper, we know that reading is crucial for all learning, from the reading of Maths word problems to research texts in History, and it is at the heart of our curriculum. We promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop a real love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The essential skills for reading are taught explicitly during daily English lessons and reading sessions as well as finding them threaded throughout our curriculum. The Reading journey starts with Read Write Inc., our validated phonics scheme.

All children are taught through a mixture of individual, shared, guided and whole-class reading sessions. Children will develop their reading fluency and their ability to respond to texts in a variety of ways and the way we teach reading is tailored to meet all the children’s needs and abilities. A range of appropriate strategies will be used by our teachers to identify and support each child’s next steps.

At Anthony Roper, we have a systematic approach to reading, which endeavours to ensure that all children make sufficient, or above, progress across their time in our care. We follow the National Curriculum programme of study, to ensure that the children are achieving attainment relevant to their appropriate age, but we do not believe in putting a ceiling on a child’s ability and therefore always strive to challenge children to achieve the best that they possibly can.


The impact of Reading success in our school is measured through the following:

  • Pupils will be able to decode and recognise enough sight words at the end of their Key Stage 1 programme of study to be able to read a text confidently and fluently at their level.
  • Pupils of all abilities will be able to succeed in all reading lessons.
  • Pupils will enjoy reading across a range of genres.
  • Once children have progressed through our chosen SSP programme (Read Write Inc.), pupils will use a range of strategies for decoding words, not solely relying on phonics.
  • Pupils will have a good knowledge of a range of authors.
  • Pupils will be ready to read in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.
  • Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support reading at home, and contribute regularly to home-school records.