At St John’s Catholic Primary School, we intend to create confident readers who have the ability to develop a deep and true understanding of what they read and appreciate the importance and value of reading for pleasure.  We aim to foster and promote a love of reading, fluency and a secure ability to comprehend information.  It is important for us that children are able to comprehend at a high level rather than just sight read. 

We aim to create a love of reading through encouraging reading at home and working closely with parents to do this is vital.  In order to foster a love of reading across various genres, we aim to expose children to a wide range of texts and purchase books accordingly.

Our learning around reading both in terms of decoding and comprehension is based on the objectives as outlined in the National Curriculum and using the VIPERS skills.   


At St John’s we teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression.  This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.  We have a skills-based approach to reading using VIPERS skills within regular Guided Reading lessons. (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Summarise).

During our sessions, we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, discussion and writing within English and reading lessons.  In early KS1, there is a greater emphasis on phonics; this is then applied throughout the rest of the school to consolidate what has been learnt. Within daily phonic sessions, children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning, practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways.

We encourage reading for pleasure through children having a choice of challenging and enriching texts as well as building in time for children to read independently and as part of a whole class.  All children have daily opportunities to read a variety of material in school, including regularly with an adult.


Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, by the time children leave St John’s they will:

•             be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types. 

•             They will have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently, with a secure understanding of what they have read

•             be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure. 

Subject Documents Date  
St. Johns English Reading Progression Map 11th Jan 2022 Download
English Reading End Points 25th Sep 2022 Download

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