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Kidsgrove Primary School

Empowering Learners...Growing Minds

Overview of the Reading Intent at Kidsgrove

Our Reading Intent


Our Reading Vision 


At Kidsgrove Primary School, we believe that the teaching of reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them; a platform that allows our children to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves.


Our reading curriculum ensures pupils develop a lifelong love of reading.  We want to create reading behaviours so all pupils read frequently and widely; whilst confidentially discussing what they read.


We believe in Keep up not Catch up for the teaching of Early Reading. Every child becomes a reader through a high quality synthetic phonics curriculum. This is then supported through a linked approach to shared and guided reading, home reading, reading across the curriculum, regular opportunities for independent reading and hearing quality texts read aloud every day. All of these are essential components as they offer the range of opportunities needed to develop fluent, enthusiastic and critical readers. 


It is important that children are motivated to read at home regularly; when their reading opportunities increase, so does their fluency and stamina which in turn increases their enjoyment of reading. Our pupils are expected to read 5 times per week. Pupils will have access to at least 3 - 5 books at anytime  - focusing on different aspects of reading. (See implementation for what books will my child read and why?


Reading is at the very heart of our curriculum. We are committed to promoting a love for reading and not only giving children opportunities to read in English lessons, but in the wider curriculum too; through Reading across the curriculum.  


Click here to learn about the research behind our reading curriculum


Our Reading curriculum design


What will our children who can read effectively look like?

Our school reading aims for 2021 - 2022



  • Our pupils will be confident to speak about phonics and how to tackle tricky words (decoding) 
  • Our pupils will be confident to talk about the domains of reading (delivered through VIPERS) and know what domains they are focusing on to become better readers.
  • Our pupils are fluent readers, only using phonics decoding (breaking words up) for new tricky words.
  • Our pupils will be using reading in all subjects across the curriculum to link and connect knowledge learnt. 
  • Our pupils will have strong word recognition and language composition. 
  • Pupils are at least in line with age related expectations in all classes and for those who are not 'keeping up' catch up is given immediately to close gaps.