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Why is reading so important?

It is one of the most important skills your child will ever learn.


It is vitally important in order to access the whole curriculum.


Reading can give your child life-long pleasure and will enable them to work with greater independence.


At St Anne’s, we aim to provide a well thought out, knowledge led curriculum that promotes mastery of skills through a range of opportunities and stimulating experiences. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum and offer chances to revisit topics to support the reuse and rehearsal of knowledge and skills.


‘A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.’ (Key Stage 1 and 2 NC).


Reading and the National Curriculum

There are three main elements of reading within the National Curriculum.

  1. Word reading
  2. Comprehension
  3. Reading for pleasure

This is across both fiction and non-fiction.

Content domains key stage 1

Content Domain Reference
1a   draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts  
1b   identify/explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as characters, events, titles and information
1c   identify and explain the sequence of events in texts
1d   make inferences from the text
1e   predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far