Pupil reading A high-quality education in English teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.


The national curriculum for English ensures that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


Across the school we provide children with a wide range of high quality texts to develop and embed learning in all curriculum areas. Reading good quality fiction to the children is a priority in all year groups.


The teaching of reading begins in the Foundation Stage with the systematic teaching of phonic skills using the Read, Write Inc scheme. Bourne Abbey has used Read Write Inc for many years.

When they are ready, the children move on to reading using a wide range of reading schemes, such as Oxford Reading Tree.