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Primary Academy


We all love reading here at RPA which is why our library is at the heart of our school and why books are at the heart of our curriculum. Our children are taught the value of reading for pleasure and reading widely. Talk for Reading and Booktalk strategies are used to ensure that our children are immersed in quality literature and exposed to ambitious vocabulary.

Intent: Pupils must grow in their ability to decode increasing volumes of text and read with fluency, stamina and appropriate pace. Their exposure to a range of increasingly challenging texts that are relevant to life and learning will help them to understand the purpose and application for their reading skills.

Implementation: Reading teaching will focus on securing skills that will support pupils in engaging with wider life. Their confidence in reading will enable them to make a positive contribution to society and prepare them for accessing the next stage of their education. Pupils will leave their primary years able to make the best life choices, supported by their ability to engage with the modern world through different text forms.

Impact: The reading culture will ensure that all pupils develop a life-long love of reading, whether it be for information, pleasure or other purposes. Pupils will be encouraged to respectfully express their opinions about a variety of texts through careful evaluation considering the context, purpose and audience.


Age Related Expectations (AREs) refer to what you can expect your child to have achieved by the end of the year and are based on looking at the curriculum and agreeing the knowledge and skills pupils should have  at the end of each year group.

Below you will find the AREs in Reading for Key Stage 1 and for Years 1-6 based on national expectations. Please do not hesitate to ask your child's class teacher if you would like any further information.