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At St John’s CE Primary School, 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  (Please also look at our Phonics page)    At St John’s, we provide access to high quality texts, which will promote wonder and, through collaboration, generate trust in order to achieve. Books have been carefully selected to help develop children’s skills as a reader but also a passion and enthusiasm for reading. There is a broad range of subject matter, styles and levels of challenge. Children are immersed in high quality children’s literature during story time. The EEF (Education Endowment Fund) researched based evidence (diagram below), highlights the key strands of reading that form the skills that will be taught throughout the school.


As a school, we seek to ensure children’s love of reading will extend far beyond the classroom and allow them to build on their skills independently through a real wonder and thirst for knowledge. We have a fantastic library that we are developing to provide our pupils with a diverse range of reading materials.

Great Books Guide    Here are 100 books  that come recommended by the Book Trust. They are books to engage and excite children from Nursery to Year 6.


Please also visit your local library to see a huge range of books your child could choose from and enjoy.

eBooks     We have put together a list of free e-books that you can use with your children. 


You will need to join but it is free to use


​​​​​​​You will need to join but it is free to use


Whole Class Reading (WCR)    At St John’s, children are taught the appropriate strategies in reading to help develop their comprehension skills, including word recognition, phonic skills and the use of picture and contextual cues. The whole class will be taught the same objectives and these will be covered in great depth to better prepare children for the expectation of written responses at the end of KS2.


Here are some examples of strategies we use to promote the development of reading:


  1. Whole class reading
  2. Book chosen to support into writing learning sequence
  3. Story time
  4. 1:1 reading


Children will be given reading books to take home each week and it is helpful if parents can make a brief comment in their child's reading record to help us understand how they are getting on with their reading at home. This is monitored by staff, with children being rewarded accordingly. All children are expected to read at least 3 times a week. We expect children to bring their reading books and record into school every day.


Teaching of reading skills   The teaching of reading skills follows the National Curriculum. The teaching is further broken down into 8 core strands as shown below.



Give/explain the meaning of words in context


Retrieve and record information/identify key details from fiction and non-fiction


Summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph


Make inferences from the text/explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text


Predict what might happen from details stated and implied


Identify/explain how information/narrative content is related and contribute to meaning as a whole


Identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words

and phrases


Make comparisons within the text



Writing at St John's                      

Our Intent for writing       Wonder 

At St John’s it is our aim that all pupils enjoy the writing process and produce work that is of a high quality. We support our pupils’ written work by planning sequences of lessons using high quality texts as stimuli. We also work with the principles within  The Write Stuff developed by a literacy specialist, Jane Considine. Teachers model and scaffold writing to support all learners. 


Children will learn that our writing process has the following elements:


  • Planning
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Redrafting
  • Publishing 


Through modelling, encountering high quality language and discussion, pupils will have the ability to write coherently, clearly and adapt their language style to a range of contexts, purposes and audiences. Children will be provided with oral and written feedback, enabling them to improve their work.

Each school year, children will redraft a favourite piece of writing to add to their writing portfolio. As they progress through the school, this is something they will keep adding to and, when they leave Year 6, is something they can take away and feel happy and proud to look through and see their progression throughout their time at St John’s.



Handwriting Guide

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St John's CE Primary School is a member of the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust.