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The English Curriculum

At Preston, we foster a love of reading to ensure our children become fluent, confident readers.  To achieve this we focus on the following areas: 


Essential reading list per year group:

Each year group has an essential recommended reads list to expose children to rich, high quality language through a range of different genres and texts.


Opportunities to read

All our children read daily.  We have an array of high quality texts both in our classrooms and our reference library.


We are fortunate enough to have volunteers from our local community who give up their free time to hear children read alongside our school staff.  We promote reading at home with parents and have our own 'Reading Champions' who promote a love of reading within our school; they regularly visit classes to read to other children.


Visitors and visits

Throughout the year, children receive visits or online webinars from authors.  we ensure there is a mix of local authors such as south West Author, Tom McLaughlin, as well as  authors such as Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Rosen and Viviane Schwarz.


At Preston, we hold lots of exciting reading events such as 'book swaps', book fairs' alongside after school book clubs to discuss and share enjoyment of different texts.


Reading Challenges:

We regularly set our children reading challenges throughout the year to keep them motivated and encourage them to try new authors, new releases alongside classics reading texts. 


Our children are always set a 'Summer Reading Challenge', World Book Day reading challenges alongside class challenges to promote a love of reading.



Examples of Reading Challenges


Enriching children's vocabulary

At Preston, we have created a language rich environment to develop children's oracy and vocabulary skills.  From the start of EYFS, children are exposed to a range of high level, technical and advanced vocabulary; this is reflected in their writing across the curriculum.


Weakest 20% Readers

All children in EYFS and KS1 are heard the class teacher x1pw and by the class LSA x1pw.  In KS2, all children are heard by an adult at least x1pw.


Our lowest 20% readers all receive daily reading practice with an adult.  Children receive rapid intervention and the focus is on supporting children to achieve age related expectations through support and individual targets; their progress is regularly monitored through intervention logs and monitoring.


Comprehension skills

Comprehension is a key feature of weekly English lessons.  Children receive a weekly discrete comprehension lesson as part of a carefully sequenced curriculum alongside daily questions and modelling to elicit understanding and develop responses.   


SPaG - Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

All children are taught using a carefully planned, spiralised SPaG curriculum. Our progression of skills and knowledge ensures that children make excellent progress and build upon their existing understanding through practice and daily writing opportunities.


Oracy (Speaking and listening)

We provide daily opportunities for speaking and listening through questioning, planned activities, partner talk and opportunities for each year group to perform through a year group production and special events such as the Year 6 Mock Trial.



Reading progression of skills and knowledge

Progression of skills and knowledge


Reading is taught in line with objectives set out in the Programmes of Study from the new English Curriculum 2014. We believe all children should have the opportunity to read widely and develop their awareness of the world.  Children will experience a wealth of different genres including both fiction and non-fiction during their time at the school. Reading is a high priority both in and out of school; we value parental support to develop our children’s learning potential.  Our children are immersed in a range of diverse and inclusive, modern texts linked to curriculum learning opportunities. 


How can I help support my child with their reading?

We value the support that parents can offer with reading and actively encourage all children to read outside of school.  Research proves that children who read outside of school are more likely to read at their expected age so  we work with Parents to facilitate this.


  Source: National Literacy Trust, 2012


Love of reading

We provide our children with a variety of different enrichment opportunities to ignite their passion for reading.


Our children are provided with opportunities to take part in author webinars and in person visits with authors such as Jaqueline Wilson and Nick Sharatt. Webinars like this allow the children to understand more about the process of writing and how the books were inspired.


Love of Reading Letter to Parents

Reading across the school

Reading with Oxford Owl

To support their reading outside of school, children can access a range of free Ebooks through the Oxford Owl website.


Please use this website link to access the site:





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