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St Pius X Catholic Primary School


St Pius X Catholic Primary School

Reading Curriculum Intent



Through the teaching of reading It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to use their imagination through exposure to and experience of high quality, engaging children’s fiction.

English is a core subject of the National Curriculum and a prerequisite for educational and social progress as it underpins the work undertaken in all areas of the curriculum. Confidence in basic language skills enables children to communicate creatively and imaginatively, preparing them for their future journey through education and beyond. At St Pius X we focus on vocabulary development to enable children to understand words that are beyond the language they hear in everyday life. Through reading we help children see how use of quality vocabulary can create images in the reader’s head and increase the enjoyment of a text.


Though carefully chosen texts we can help children understand the experiences of others in the wider world, reading transports the reader beyond what is possible in daily life and is an essential part in helping children to understand their world.

We read a range of texts which deal with different culture, issues and the wider world. Through discussion we enable children to consider situations from different points of view and discuss characters emotions as they deal with these situations. Wherever possible we link these with experiences in children’s daily lives to help them consider how they could deal with issues they might face. We will link stories in subjects like RE and PHSE to help children to understand how to live a Catholic life, manage emotions and get along with others.

Through biographies and autobiographies, we will draw attention to inspirational people both in the past and present to inspire a sense of ambition in the children particularly where these people came from humble beginnings.