What are we aiming for?

At Yardley Primary School. we know that reading and writing are intrinsically linked and strongly believe that exposure to high quality and challenging texts support learners in both of these essential life skills as well as developing a child's understanding of vocabulary, style and formality in a wider context.

Here at Yardley, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

How do we achieve this?

English Lessons

Our English curriculum is delivered through dedicated reading and writing lessons each week from Year 1  onwards.  Daily phonics lessons also take place up to and including Year 3.

Writing lessons: 

Reading lessons:


For more detailed information about our phonics approach, visit our phonics page here.

Yardley Loves Reading !

At Yardley Primary School, children not only learn how to read but develop a love of reading which will stay with them far beyond their school years. As well as dedicated reading lessons, we teach, promote and provide reading opportunities through other ways too. At the end of the school day, all pupils are read to by a member of staff.

Class texts

The use of high quality texts within the reading curriculum is at the heart of our school's successful approach to engage and support pupils to become motivated and independent readers. If pupils enjoy reading, they read more frequently and become better readers. This is why we select a range of carefully chosen texts and ensure these are reviewed by staff and pupils each year.

Reading as a class

Every class across the school is read to by an adult on a regular basis, fostering a love for reading through exposing pupils to high quality literature. Staff choose challenging texts that will uncover new vocabulary and themes, opening up discussions around the language of books. To ensure reading for pleasure is at the forefront at Yardley Primary School, all classes enjoy a text read to them by a member of staff everyday where possible.

Independent reading

All pupils engage in independent, sustained reading. It provides an opportunity for pupils to read and enjoy a range of texts and to apply reading strategies. Each class has a dedicated reading area in their classroom, containing a range of books and text types for pupils to access independently. These texts include:

Each year group has a dedicated reading trolley that contains a range of texts that can be found on our regularly updated reading spine.

Reading at home

All pupils are heard reading independently by an adult or their peers on a regular basis, changing their books when required. Pupils are assessed regularly and guided in their choice of text according to their ability, progressing to reading literature of their choice which is checked for suitability by an adult where necessary. Pupils accessing phonics will also have a decodable phonics book, in-line with their current phonic ability. 

Virtual library

We also have our own Virtual Library that can be accessed in school or at home. These texts are carefully chosen and link to the individual year group’s topics and ability. Our virtual library can be accessed here.

50 Nights of reading

Another initiative within our school is ‘50 Nights of Reading’. To encourage a habit of reading for pleasure outside of school, Yardley runs a '50 Nights of Reading' competition. Pupils record reading outside of school in their reading records and once they have evidenced fifty nights of reading, they are able to select a book as a prize.

Other opportunities to enjoy reading

What does success look like?

We strive to produce pupils who are fully literate and articulate, and are prepared for their secondary education and later life. Through engaging lessons, we aim to foster a love of English, language and an enjoyment of learning. We challenge pupils of all abilities, in order to make good progress in all areas of the English National Curriculum. They are encouraged to have a growth mind-set and to develop the skills of perseverance and resilience. Through reading in particular, pupils are given a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually.

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.

Statutory assessments:

Additional assessments:

English in the early years

Literacy in the Early Years is particularly important for children as it gives them a head start in learning essential skills, such as reading and writing that they will use on a daily basis. Here at Yardley Primary School we believe that it is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading and this is encouraged from the very first day of school. Children are exposed to a language rich environment with a wide variety of books and story-telling props such as puppets and role play resources. We follow the Essential Letters and Sounds phonic programme which enables all children to learn the key skills needed in reading and writing. Opportunities are then provided for children to explore and extend this knowledge through child initiated and adult led activities. Children show this in range of ways including understanding and speaking in sentences, familiarity with phonics, demonstrating understanding of what they have read, the ability to write spoken sounds and words and by the end of the year, write independent sentences.

To find out more about our early years curriculum, visit our E.Y.F.S. page here.

Progression of Reading Skills

Year 1 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 2 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 3 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 4 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 5 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 6 - Reading Progression of Skills.pdf

Progression of Writing Skills

Year 1 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 2 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 3 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 4 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 5 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf
Year 6 - Writing Progression of Skills.pdf

Progression Through Genres

Year 1 - Progression Through Genres.pdf
Year 2 - Progression Through Genres.pdf
Year 3 - Progression Through Genres.pdf
Year 4 - Progression Through Genres.pdf
Year 5 - Progression Through Genres.pdf
Year 6 - Progression Through Genres.pdf

If you require any further information about this curriculum area or any other, please do not hesitate to contact us.