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English Curriculum Intent

At St John’s Primary Academy, we are dedicated to equipping all children with the skills to become lifelong learners. Our Growth Mindset approach to learning helps all children to take risks and know that making mistakes is all part of how we learn. We believe that developing a love of reading, writing and discussion, alongside secure literacy skills, will open many doors to our children and help them flourish in other curriculum subjects.


We are passionate about developing a love of reading and we immerse our pupils in quality texts that will enthuse and inspire them to learn, imagine and discover. Through carefully chosen texts, we want to build awareness of global issues such as conservation of the environment and people fleeing conflict, to help our pupils to have aspirations and to be tolerant and kind members of society.


Alongside our school values, we want our children to develop emotionally, culturally, socially and intellectually. We believe through reading, writing and spoken language, children can develop essential skills to communicate their thoughts, ideas and emotions fluently and accurately. These tools will enable our children to participate fully as a member of society, giving them a voice to share their ideas with the world. 

Reading EYFS and KS1

In Phonics the children learn the Monster Phonics actions to support their learning/retention of grapheme sound correspondence. Phonics lessons happen daily in EYFS and KS1. 


In EYFS and KS1 children take home three reading books a week. These are: 


1) An 'independent book' which is fully decodable and matched to the child's current phonics skill level. They are able to read this book independently without any support. 


2) A 'sharing book'. This book comes from a book banded scheme (including Oxford Reading Tree, Floppy Phonics and Project X). These books are slightly more challenging and may contain a couple of words or sounds that the children may need support with.


3) A 'reading for pleasure book'. This book is chosen by the child from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books. This is a book parents/carers can read to and share with their child.


All children have access to Bug Club, an online reading platform, where their class teacher can allocate books for them to read at the appropriate book banded level. 



Growing young minds: a great place to enjoy learning!