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English includes two key learning skills: Reading and Writing


Please see below for downloads of our Reading and Writing statements, alongside curriculum progression and overviews.

Reading at home:

There are lots of things you can do to help your child learn to read. Try these tips:

  • Keep talking. Talk about things you see in the book - who's in it, what they did and where they went. When learning to read, pictures can be just as important in a storybook as the words. Help your child to work out what the story is about or what a word might say using the pictures.
  • Help them to learn new words. Talk about what different words mean and tell your child the name for anything they don't know. This is how children learn new words and helps them to become better readers.
  • Make a book part of your bedtime routine - share a story, snuggle up and get chatting
  • Have toys that relate to books like The Gruffalo or Spot the Dog - children can act out stories using these as characters. This will help them to learn to tell stories based on what they've read and heard.
Here are some of the reading activities we enjoy at Saint John's

Winston – the Reading Therapy Dog


Reading Workshops


Author and Illustrator Visits