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Reading Statement of Intent

At Simms Cross Primary we promote a strong love of reading, ensuring every child becomes a reader and has access to a wide variety of texts.

We start our reading journey through phonics (Read, Write Inc) in nursery. The pupils continue to build on their phonic skills throughout EYFS and KS1, learning the 44 different sounds, reading and spellings of a variety of ‘red, tricky’ common exception words. Our phonics lessons are fun, interactive and linked to a range of phonetically decodable books and spellings.

As children become more independent with their reading, they have access to a wide range of books with a rich vocabulary. Children have many opportunities to read for pleasure, take part in instructional guided groups as well as structured, shared reading sessions in ‘Steps to Read’, where children investigate the techniques of the writer. This enables our children to make strong links between reading and writing.

Our aim is to develop a whole school love of reading, making every child a reader and developing a love of books.

We offer our pupils a range of support to ensure they become successful readers. We timetable phonics interventions in KS1 and lower KS2 to support the development of key skills. Children also have access to an online reading programme called Lexia which supports the development of oral language, reading, spelling and writing skills and is personalised to each child’s needs. In KS2, IDL is also used to provide specific intervention for spelling and reading.

We encourage all our pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction and to listen to teachers modelling reading to develop their knowledge and vocabulary. This allows access to texts which they may not choose the read for themselves.

It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education, as well as having a personal enjoyment of reading.


In Guided Reading we have started a new story. We are reading “The Secret of the Tattered Shoes” by @JackieMorrisArt and Ehsan Abdollahi. The children have made fantastic predictions about how the shoes became tattered📖✨ #SimmsCrossReading #SimmsCrossEnglish

The Nursery children are developing a love for reading outside 🌞🐝🐛📖

Year 3 had a fabulous time in reading this week. We looked at some scary witch poems. We rehearsed parts of them for a poetry performance. #SimmsCrossReading

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Curriculum Pages

Nursery children celebrate book of the week
Children playing in games session
Child dressed up for national book day
Children cooking together