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The aim of our reading curriculum is to:

  • Equip children with the skills to become confident, fluent and engaged readers.
  • Enable children to become familiar with a wide range of texts, genres, authors.
  • Children learn to read so that they can read to learn and access the wider curriculum and apply these skills to the wider world.


How Reading links with our school values:



Be Kind - We read to learn about other people and to learn more about ourselves. We develop compassion this way.




Be Respectful - We develop tolerance and respoect by reading about different cultures.






Be Passionate about Learning - We read challenging texts developing our stamina and a love of reading.





Make a Difference - We read to learn about our place in the wider world, develop morally and spiritually and to grow as people, ready to make a difference to the world around us.



At St Vincent’s we aspire to make the learning ambitious for all learners. Our school curriculum includes the knowledge, skills and life experiences children need to thrive. Our learning is carefully planned and sequenced using the National Curriculum that can be found below: 

National Curriculum English

Knowledge and skills are built on from previous years and there is clear progression in each subject. You can see an overview of progression below:

Progression Grid

Each curriculum area is taught across the year and evidenced on a long term plan, divided into half termly blocks. You can see the long term plan below:

Reading Long term Plan

Reading Developments Spring 2024


Our Reading Spine

At St Vincent’s, we have developed our own bespoke Reading Spine.

A reading spine is a core of books: a mix of classics and essential reads that help children to engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story. The intention is to foster a love of reading in all children, from Reception right up to Year 6, for them to take into their future.

The purpose of the reading spine is to give our children the experience of reading a diverse range of texts throughout their years at St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School. Our reading spine has been carefully chosen to inspire the children, not only as readers, but also as authors, encouraging them to develop their own flair for writing. We believe an inspiring and effective English curriculum exposes children to a wide range of quality texts.

“Imagine a primary school where, over seven years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with a core of around 70 books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind. This is the ‘reading spine’. Schools that have a reading spine build a common bank of stories that bind the community together.”

Pie Corbett (author, poet and educational writer)

Every book within our Reading Spine has been selected, reviewed and chosen carefully by all staff in school.



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Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road,
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

SEND Contact: Mrs Farrell and Mrs Sutton

Tel: 0161 911 8040


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