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English includes two key learning skills: Reading and Writing



Please see below for downloads of these 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.

Have a look at the following clip which recommends reading and books.

'What I am most excited about in March'

In these #ComingSoon videos, I’ll be sharing the children’s book releases I am most excited about every month. Let me know in the comments below which books you like the sound of from this selection and any children’s books you’re looking forward to or reading at the moment. #TheReaderTeacher #ChildrensBooksIAmExcitedAbout​."

Check out the book suggestions for each year group on your class page - there are some wonderful books that you are sure to enjoy!

Here are some of the reading activities we enjoy at Saint John's

Winston – the Reading Therapy dog


Making ‘Stickman’


Reading Workshops


Author and illustrator visits