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The Poplars Curriculum- Reading



At Poplars Farm we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend and understand a wide range of texts. We want pupils to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live through the knowledge they gain from texts. By the end of their time at primary school, all children should be able to read fluently, and with confidence. We do not put ceilings on what pupils can achieve in reading and we do not hold pre-conceptions about any pupils’ ability to make progress. We understand the importance of parents and carers in supporting their children to develop both word reading and comprehension skills, and so we want to encourage a home-school partnership which enables parents and carers to understand how to enhance the skills being taught in school through good quality texts. 

It is vital that the knowledge and skills children learn are cumulative, co-ordinated and coherent.  In order to achieve this in our curriculum, teachers have identified the key concepts or overarching ideas within each subject.  In order that children can access them, we call these the ‘Big Ideas’.  Pupils’ intellectual development and knowledge-retention is supported by structuring learning according to these few carefully selected ‘Big Ideas’ and returning to them frequently, giving context and familiar language on which to build new learning.  It is essential that these ‘Big Ideas’ are continually returned to and reinforced in order to create an organised, easily-understood and progressive structure of learning.  This principle is about making connections and constant reference to a bigger picture.  Future learning, authentic cross-curricular understanding and the detail of deeper learning take place within this coherent structure.

The Big Ideas in reading:  Throughout the reading curriculum, the three ‘big ideas’ for reading are:  accuracy, enjoyment and comprehension. 

Implementation:  please continue reading the full Reading K&S Progression document here


We aim for all our pupils to be able to read with accuracy, speed, confidence, fluency and understanding and be ready to access other subjects in their secondary education.. All pupils will make at least good progress from their starting points. Pupils will develop a life-long enjoyment of reading and books.

Through the teaching of systematic phonics and matched reading books; our aim is for pupils to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One. This way, children can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as pupils move into Key Stage 2l. Attainment in reading is measured using the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One and Two. These results are measured against the reading attainment of children nationally. Attainment in phonics is measured by the Phonics Screening Test at the end of Year 1. 

At Poplars Farm, we believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. Every topic we study has a linked text read together as a class, which exemplifies the value we place on reading across school. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum.Pupils are given the opportunity to be taken to wonderful places and times...the opportunity to escape in a book.  Pupils are encouraged to develop their own love of genres and authors and to review their books This enhances a deep love of literature across a range of genres, cultures, times and styles., one we hope which will remain with them  The subject leader for reading will report end of year outcomes (tracking throughOTrack) and parents will receive an annual report which includes their child’s achievement in reading.

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