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Reading Statement of Intent                                                                                                                      

Reading has a pivotal place in education because all the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society. At Pinders Primary School, we aim to develop pupils’ reading and vocabulary skills as these are integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. Reading is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the Reading is an essential foundation for success in all subjects


It is our intent at Pinders Primary School to provide pupils with a high-quality education in Reading that will teach pupils to read  fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others effectively. With regards to Reading, phonics will be emphasised in the early teaching of reading to beginners when they start school. We intend to encourage all pupils to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, to gain knowledge across the curriculum and develop their comprehension skills. It is our intention to ensure that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.


English Subject Curriculum Intent Overview:

  • To build an English curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
  • To build a curriculum which develops a love of reading.          
  • To provide opportunities across all curricular areas for the development and application of reading skills. 




Importance of reading books from a range Authors


Children can be creatures of habit. Much like how they can watch the same movie over and over, some children will stick to one author or genre of book that they’ve fallen in love with. But does it matter if they're always reading the same type of book? Well, while a love of reading of any sort is to be nurtured at Pinders Primary school, we know that when a child only reads the same author or type of book, their growth and the benefits they gain may not be as broad if they were to explore more types of books. We know that encouraging them to open up to reading other genres by other authors can be a big advantage for them in the long term.




Author of the Month

Our Patron of Reading



What is a Patron of Reading?

A Patron of Reading is a school's special children's author, poet, storyteller or illustrator. The school and their patron develop a relationship over a period of time. Everything the patron does is related to helping encourage and develop a reading for pleasure culture in the school: blogs, book recommendations, discussions, plays, book quizzes, poetry bashes, parent sessions, book trailers and school visits.  Created by headteacher Tim Redgrave, the idea has now spread to over 200 schools across the British Isles (as well as to schools as far away as New Zealand and the USA!).

Our Patron of reading is Conrad Burdekin - a creative writer and Poet from Yorkshire


At Pinders Primary School, we aim to foster a love of reading and a love of books across the whole primary curriculum. When creating our new 3D curriculum, each subject leader made it a priority to incorporate good quality books into every topic and these are used as a stimulus to introducing the new topic. Below is a selection of some of the books we use to introduce our new topics in Art, RE, PSHE, Music, Science, DT, French, Geography and History.

Reading Policies and documentation

Useful Reading links for parents

The websites below are all recommended for helping you to support your child with reading.