Barwick Road, Cross Gates, Leeds, LS15 8RQ

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St Theresa's Catholic Primary School

Walking in Theresa's Little Way


There is an English Team at St Theresa's overseen by Mrs Ryan.  The English Lead and Reading Champion is Miss Mulkeen; she is supported by Miss Burton (writing), Mrs Goodwin (phonics) and Mrs Strong (SEND/additional provision). 

Reading Intent Statement

At St Theresa’s, we value reading as a key life skill and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We believe reading is key for academic success and by the end of their time in our school, our ambition is that all children will be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in preparation for their secondary school education and beyond.

We want our children to develop a real love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors and be able to understand more about the world in which they live, through the knowledge they gain from books. We intend for them to develop such an enjoyment for reading that they leave as avid readers choosing to read for pleasure and to read to learn. Most importantly, we do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any child’s ability to make progress.

It is our intention that St Theresa’s is a school which is built on books because we place reading at the heart of everything. We intend that reading will not only strengthen the core knowledge rooted with our writing and wider curriculums but will also play an important role in educating the whole child emotionally, culturally, socially and spiritually.

English:  Reading

Early Reading and Phonics

The development of early reading and phonic progression are critically important for all learners.  To this end we are going to adopt the Little Wandle Scheme of Work in the Autumn Term 2021 into the Spring Term 2022.  This is one of HM Government's recommended schemes for synthetic phonics and will provide a structured approach to the teaching of phonics as well as reading books matched to pupils' phonic knowledge. 

Phonics Progression Map

Foundation Stage Phonics Overview

Year 1 Phonics Overview

Year 2 Phonics Overview

Reading at St Theresa's

The main scheme  that we used in the past at St Theresa's is The Oxford Reading Tree.  This is supplemented with a range of materials as and where appropriate to meet the needs of our children.  Little Wandle will replace this scheme in the development of Early Reading until children develop fluency and comprehension beyond the need to decode on a regular basis. 

Reading Progression. (See document below)

Children are encouraged to read at home every day.  Little and often is the key.  There is a section in the home/school diary for recording daily reading. There is a section at the rear of the diary that gives parents/carers advice and guidance on how to support their child in developing reading at home. 

We also have access to a virtual library which parents/.carers can access here:

Virtual Library Resource

In class we use a system called VIPERS to stimulate reading.  VIPERS texts are selected by staff to expose our young people to high quality texts in class time as well as develop both a love of reading and also an ability to interpret and understand what they have read. Here is a sample VIPERS planning sheet:

Vipers Planning Sheet

English: Writing

Writing is very important in our school and we spend a lot of time writing for various purposes. We use a variety if stimuli for writing including our VIPERS texts (focused texts which can be seen in the long term curriculum map), topic subjects from the driver subjects and other things which can be incidental or come from planning in the moment.  We plan for a varied diet of writing genre and use a range of resources to both assess and moderate the children's work.