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Princes Risborough Primary School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust



'Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.'

Joseph Addison

'I love school because of all the books and our library' - Holly M.

*Please note that we are currently in the process of reviewing and updating our curriculum progression documents - finalised versions will appear soon.*



At Princes Risborough Primary School, our intent is for all children to become confident, fluent readers, who love to read and explore all text types and genres. We aim to provide each child with the skills necessary to become independent readers, who can decode and comprehend texts at an appropriate level.


By exposing our children to a wide range of genres, which are rich in vocabulary and content, we provide children with the opportunity to analyse texts, develop their own opinions and identify preferable writing styles.


We endeavour to prepare children for their transition to secondary school by ensuring they can access a wide range of texts, thus supporting them to be successful, life-long learners. We aim to challenge each child by delivering an engaging, enriching curriculum which ignites a passion for reading, fosters a love of language and provides an opportunity for imagination to flourish.




In EYFS and Key Stage One, children are taught Phonics daily. This is through a systematic synthetic programme ‘Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds Revised’.


In Key Stage One, classes have three reading sessions a week and have been designed to focus on three key reading skills:

· Decoding

· prosody: teaching children to read with understanding and expression

· comprehension: teaching children to understand the text.


In Key Stage Two, all classes have daily whole-class reading lessons. Four of these lessons are based around a novel; one is focused on non-fiction and poetry. In these lessons, comprehension and reading skills are taught, based upon the use of ‘VIPERS’.


On a weekly basis, each class visits the school library to change their books, explore the range of genres and grow their passion for reading. Each classroom also has a bookshelf of high-quality texts for the children to read.


Every child reads aloud every week, through reading sessions in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, and through a mix of 1:1 reads with an adult and in Guided Reading in Key Stage 2.


We use ‘Little Wandle: Letters and Sounds’ decodable books for both the reading sessions and home reading in Reception and Key Stage 1. (Please find further information on the separate Phonics page of the website).


In Key Stage 2 we use the Big Cat Collins reading scheme to challenge children to read at the most appropriate level; they begin the scheme when they are fluent in Phase 5 Phonics and complete the scheme when they become a fluent free reader. Children are benchmarked using the ‘Big Cat Collins Assessment for Fluency’ tool on a half-termly basis.


Each class has a class novel which the teacher reads every day to expose them to rich vocabulary and sophisticated structures; our aim is to encourage children’s enjoyment of books and to be encouraged to read for pleasure.


Through our PiXL assessments, we are able to identify children’s gaps within their learning and plan lessons accordingly.


Talk 4 Writing English lessons further complement our reading lessons, exposing the children to high-level texts and vocabulary. We also endeavour to enrich children’s reading opportunities across the entire curriculum.


Reading is celebrated through class reading challenges and whole-school events such as World Book Day.




We achieve high outcomes in Reading at the end of both key stages; our children make good progress during their time at PRPS. In addition, children enjoy reading lessons and the skills they learn support their understanding across the rest of the curriculum. Our lessons improve each child’s communication, confidence and vocabulary. We believe that this love of reading stimulates children to become lifelong avid readers.


Reading has been a key priority area of our School Improvement Plan over the last few years and the work in transforming the reading curriculum at PRPS is reflected in our improving pupil outcomes. 61% of our Year 6 pupils achieved the Expected standard in Reading at the end of Key Stage 2, with 24% achieving Greater Depth standard. We have set an ambitious target of 78% of Year 6 pupils achieving the Expected standard this academic year 2022 - 2023 and a target of 22% of the Year 6 cohort achieving Greater Depth standard in Reading at the end of Key Stage 2. We have high expectations of all pupils and believe that every child should leave PRPS a confident and fluent reader.


Progression Documents


Useful Documents to Support Reading
Useful Website Links