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At Haughton St. Giles we believe that reading underpins all areas of our curriculum and we strive to provide all our children with the skills to become confident and passionate readers.

We intend:

  • for children to become enthusiastic and motivated readers who can talk about books and discuss their reading preferences.

  • to develop children’s confidence in reading a wide variety of genres and text types

  • for children to have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with understanding of what they have read.

  • to encourage a love of literature and an enjoyment of reading for pleasure

  • for children to be able to confidently recall their knowledge of reading domains (VIPERS)



Early Reading and Phonics

Our children’s reading journey in school begins with Read Write Inc. (RWI) which gives them a highly effective start. You can read more about RWI by selecting the Read Write Inc. page in the menu.

In EYFS and KS1, there is a great emphasis on phonics; this is then applied throughout the rest of the school to consolidate what has been learnt. Within daily phonic sessions, children have the opportunity to revisit previous learning, practise and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways, and build confidence with their early reading of decodable storybooks. Alongside these books, children are also encouraged to select a ‘Shared Reader’ book from their classroom selection to share at home and develop their enjoyment of books and stories.


Reading Curriculum

Our whole curriculum is shaped by the National Curriculum and supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. In our school, our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum; we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, oracy and writing within literacy lessons. Furthermore, we have a skills based approach (VIPERS*) to exploring texts within reading comprehension specific lessons and we focus upon developing those skills with direct impact upon the purpose and intended impact of the literacy learning journey.

*Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve and Sequence/Summarise.

Reading for Pleasure

We encourage reading for pleasure through a choice of challenging and enriching texts and a wide range of reading books at all levels that the children use in school and take home. As well as building in time for children to read independently on a daily basis and regularly to an adult, teachers take time every day to read class novels and model reading for pleasure. It is important that children enjoy reading and also have the opportunity to experience a variety of books.

Our teachers have a wealth of knowledge about children’s literature and will support, discuss and recommend books for children to enjoy that will help them to expand their knowledge of a range of authors and vocabulary. 




Regardless of background, ability or additional needs, by the time children leave Haughton St. Giles, they will:

  • be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types.

  • have the skills to decode words in order to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read.

  • be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure.

Suggested Reading List

Click here to find 50 recommended books for each year group.

Does your child need to branch out and read something slightly different? Click here for some great new books linked to some of the ‘favourites’ children love to read.

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