Judged OUTSTANDING for Early Years, Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes (Ofsted May 2024), ......'In the Reception class, children receive an excellent start to their education.'.....'Children are exceptionally well prepared for learning in Year 1.'.....'Pupils develop as mature individuals due to the exemplary provision that they receive to support their personal development.'.....'Pupils’ behaviour during lessons and around school is exemplary.'.....'Pupils are proud of their school mission statement. They aspire ‘not to have more but to be more’ in all that they do. Pupils are happy in school.'.....

St Paul's Catholic Primary School

A Voluntary Academy

Aspire not to have more but to be more – St Oscar Romero

Reading Curriculum

Learning to read is the single most important thing that your child will learn during their time at our school. As achievement in reading (both decoding and understanding) affects everything else they do, we put as much energy as we can into making sure that every child learns to read as quickly as possible.  We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


To develop the children's love of books, we have dedicated 'reading aloud' time, across all Key Stages.  The teachers read to the children, introducing them to a wide variety of short stories, longer novels, poetry and information texts.  We want pupils to 'read for pleasure' so teachers share themselves as readers, recommend books to pupils and demonstrate a real passion and excitement in dialogue about books and authors.  While some texts are shared with specific learning outcomes, we also share them for the simple pleasure of reading a great book.