St Bede’s Catholic Primary School Reading Vision

At St. Bede’s Catholic Primary school, we believe that every child should leave our school with a love and enthusiasm to read at a high standard.

It is imperative that, as a school, we foster the children’s love of reading through a rich selection of genres and authors, capturing the children’s imagination and enjoyment. Our children will be able to talk about their favourite books and authors with confidence and enjoyment. 

Reading will be taught to a high standard from an early age, developing their phonetic knowledge, fluency, language and comprehension skills. We will provide the children with a high quality selection of classic and modern reads, developing their curiosity and thirst for knowledge and understanding of their own and other cultures.

Our children will read because they want to.


Early Reading

We foster a love for reading from an early age at St Bede’s Catholic Primary School, starting with our F1 children through high quality story times and rhymes. Through the sharing of books and rhymes we are introducing the foundations for building and developing the children’s vocabulary and understanding. Developing quality opportunities for talk and listening enables us to develop the children’s vocabulary and understanding from an early age. Children take books home to share at home as soon as they join us at school in F1. Reading for pleasure continues throughout school with all F2 children and Key Stage 1 children taking home a reading for pleasure book alongside their RWI reading books. We offer a wide range of genres across school to promote and foster a love for reading allowing children to select the books they wish to read.


We follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics synthetic phonics programme with daily phonics lessons beginning from the start of Reception. They learn how to ‘read’ the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.  The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘tricky words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.  The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. Children are assessed regularly and are placed into specific RWI groups based on their RWI assessment.

Read Write Inc. Information for parents Parents and Carers - Ruth Miskin Literacy

Teaching Reading

We teaching reading from reception as part of our daily RWI lessons.

Home Reading

Interventions Supporting Reading

Promoting Reading Throughout School