St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA


Subject Leader - Mrs L Gill & Miss M Harrison (Shadow)


At St Pius X, reading is at the heart of everything we do. We know that to be the best we can be, we need to be the best readers we can be! We believe that learning to read is the most essential of the basic skills that need to be acquired during the Primary School years. Reading and communication are both key life skills. The ability to fluently read enables children to decode and understand written messages in and beyond school. It allows children to access the wider curriculum and to enjoy a wealth of literature. Through the enjoyment of stories, poetry, drama and non-fiction texts children are able to discover for themselves a love of reading and a world of ideas and experiences. 

"All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk."  Lemony Snicket


Through the Reading curriculum, we aim to help children to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to fully decode words leading to an understanding of written messages.
We aim for all children to develop a love of and enthusiasm for reading. Our vision is that all children become confident, fluent readers, with an understanding of a variety of texts and genres. We aim for all children to develop an interest in books and to read for enjoyment.

 Long Term Planning

Reading Scheme

From Nursery to Year 2 our reading scheme is inline with the Letters and Sounds Phonics Phases. The reading scheme mainly consists of: Bug Club Phonics, Big Cat Letters and Sounds, Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales, Floppy Phonics and Smart Kids Letters and Sounds. 

Our Key Stage 1 reading scheme is broken down into weeks, reflecting the teaching of Letters and Sounds. This allows for the consolidation of sounds in line with teaching. 

From Year 3 to Year 6 we use 'book banding'. This allows us to use many different schemes as well as texts from new and old, exciting and relevant authors, ensuring that your child experiences a vast wealth of authors and genres.  In doing this we provide enjoyment, cross curricular learning as well as learning the skills of reading.

Book banding also allows children to control their own reading targets as they strive to reach the next colour band and unlock a whole new library of richer texts.

Reading at Home

At St Pius X we actively encourage reading at home. Asking your child questions while reading their book will give them a greater understanding of what they are reading. If possible we ask that a brief comment is left in their reading record, especially if questioning has taken place. 

Please see the Guided Reading page for examples of questions we ask in school. These questions could be used at home.