At Senacre Wood Primary, we recognise that reading is integral to a child’s understanding and appreciation of the world around them. To ensure that all children reach their full potential across all areas of the curriculum, we take a consistent and rigorous approach to the teaching of reading, starting with a phonics scheme beginning in the early years (for more information about this, please refer to our “Early reading and Phonics” policy). At Senacre Wood Primary, we strive for all our children to become fluent, confident and enthusiastic life-long readers. 


Using the National Curriculum for English, we aim to ensure:

  • We share high quality and vocabulary rich texts across the curriculum so that children may develop knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live.
  • We promote a love for reading and, not only give children opportunities to read in English lessons, but also in the wider curriculum too.
  • All children consider themselves a reader who can recommend books to their peers, seek out books from a range of different genres and engage in discussion about authorial choices or impact on the reader.
  • Our children read widely, and often, to discover new information and develop their comprehension skills.
  • We provide children with exciting reading experiences to encourage a love of reading.
  • Pupils use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas.

For details of how we implement this within our school and how we measure the impact, please read our Reading Policy.