Our aim:

We aim to develop pupils’ abilities within an integrated programme of Spoken Language, Reading and Writing. Pupils will be given opportunities to interrelate the requirements of English within a broad and balanced approach to the teaching of English across the Curriculum, with opportunities to consolidate and reinforce taught literacy skills.

At St. John’s Catholic Primary School, we strive for children to be a ‘Primary Literate Pupil’.

In the early years and foundation stage (YR), children are following the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Children who enter Reception, and are ready, begin the scheme and work their way through the subsequent stages. As we see the benefits of children reading different text types and genres, we have banded all out books in line with the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, children are therefore able to access stories, information texts and poems from different authors with a variety of different themes.

At Key Stage One (Years 1 and 2), children should learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They should begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They should use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.

At Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), children should learn to change the way they speak and write to suit different situations, purposes and audiences. They should read a range of texts and respond to different layers of meaning in them. They should explore the use of language in literary and non-literary texts and learn how the structure of language works.



9th March 2017 – ‘Phonics talk for parents’

Phonics Information for Parents


27th February 2017 – ‘Book Week’

Top Tips for reading at home: Love of Reading workshop

We celebrated a very busy and successful book week at St Johns.

Monday – ‘Jump to it’ which was a drama production based around some best selling children’s books.

Jump to it!

Tuesday – ‘Bed time stories’ children had a great time dressing up in their PJs and reading with parents and older children.


Friday – ‘Author visit’ Ian MacDonald enjoyed his day inspiring our young writers with his story telling and workshops.


‘Oral Story telling’ classes across the whole school including our nursery paired up and performed a story to one another.

30th January 2017 – Children had a great time joining in with the songs, in this year’s panto – Sleeping Beauty.

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17th October 2016 – The Railway Children. This will be an enrichment activity for the children, to get their imaginations going and spark ideas for their writing.

17th to 21st October 2016 – Scholastic book fair

October 2016 – Railway Children

The whole school were part of a very entertaining production of the Railway children on Monday (17/10/16). The cast from M&M productions brought the story to life which has left the children with much inspiration for their reading and writing.

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  • The reading records are going to be used as a parent/ carer record of their child’s reading. Please can parents/ carers sign and keep track of pages read and books completed.
  • Parents should talk to their children about their reading, as well as ask questions (examples included at back of reading record).
  • We will be rewarding children based on the number of books read, which will equate to distance travelled (see conversions below).
  • Our year group reading displays will keep track of the children’s journeys.
  • Children can challenge themselves to travel the further distances (more books) to earn the bigger rewards.
  • The rewards will include certificates and prizes based on the distances travelled and will be celebrated in assembly.
  • Teachers will monitor children’s reading records to see the progress they are making
  • Reading in class will not be recorded in these books. Children will be reading daily in class, whilst being taught the key skills of reading through our SPIQe reading process. Summarise, Predict, Investigate, Question and eyes.


Shakespeare Week

Year 5 explore Shakespeare’s comedy classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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There are many areas to Literacy including:

  • Grammar and Punctuation
  • Phonics and Spelling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spoken Language.

Parent Workshop
Click here to view our 10 tips on hearing your child read

Click here to view our English and Literacy Policy

Click here to view our glossary of terms for writing

Click here to view our more able texts

Click here to view our phonics and spelling document

Click here to view our reading list

Websites/apps to support phonics:
Mr Thorne does phonics – website/YouTube videos/ apps.


Our book week began with a production of Charlotte’s Web, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.


Denis Bond, one of our visiting authors captivating the children with his stories.


Our traditional dressing up as a book character day.