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Catholic Primary School

I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full - John 10:10

Our Reading Curriculum

Our Reading Lead is Natalie McLellan

'Properly, we should read for power. Reading should be intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.'

Ezra Pound



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What is Phonics?


Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read.

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters tpa and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.


We teach Phonics through a systematic synthetic programme called 'Essential Letters and Sounds.'

Our Curriculum is based around books. Below are the books that we follow throughout the year and from each year group.




All about me 


Lost in the Toy Museum 

10 things I can do to change the world 


What the ladybird heard at the seaside 


The Lonely Beast 



The Man in the Moon 


The Snail and the Whale 


Toby – the Great Fire of London 

Anna Hibiscus 

The Great Explorer 

One day on our planet 



The Story of London 

Oliver and the Seawigs 


Ug and Pebble in my Pocket 


Great Kapok Tree 

Mystery of the Egyptian Scroll 

Gregory Cool 



Who let the Gods out? 

Noah Barleywater runs away 

The Iron Man 

Ice Palace 

Romans on the Rampage 

I was a rat 



The Curse of the Maya 


Anglo Sax Boy 

Journey to the River Sea 


Riddle of the Runes 





London Eye Mystery 

Ice Trap – Shackleton’s Journey/Sky Song 

Street Child 

Pig Heart Boy 

Boy in the stripped pyjamas