At St Finbar’s Catholic Primary School, we aim to ensure that all children are given access to a rich and varied curriculum which encourages them to read an extensive variety of books and other forms of texts.

We actively encourage reading for pleasure. We want children to enjoy reading and become lifelong readers. There are comfy areas around the school, so pupils can read quietly. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure whenever they have time, but it is also on our class timetables. Staff are role models: they share their favourite books; they discuss their opinions of books and they exchange recommendations


We have lots of events and activities to engage the support of parents and families, and the wider community, in helping to promote the enjoyment of reading. For example, we hold book fairs, take part in a yearly Readathon, have poets and authors visit to work with our pupils, we have a yearly visit from The Book Bus and we always celebrate World Book Day


The school has committed to a text-based approach to teach English, in which a particular quality text is used as the basis for a whole half term’s work. KS2 pupils are selected to become reading buddies and they support KS1 pupils with their reading. Our upper KS2 pupils often go to EYFS to read them stories too.


Questions to ask when reading with your child click here

EYFS Recommended Reading List
Y1 Recommended Reading List 
Y2 Recommended Reading List
Y3 and 4 Recommended Reading List
Y5 and 6 Recommended Reading List

   Reading Schemes   

Oxford Reading Tree

Tree Tops


Big cat phonics

Bug club

Song birds




National Curriculum English
Long Term overview English 2020-2021
St Finbar’s ENGLISH Curriculum Statement 2019-2020

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