Our Vision for English

At Horton St Michael’s CE Academy, it is our vision to create a community where children can express themselves and communicate confidently with others, developing their character and enabling them to flourish together. We aim to develop a lifelong love and passion for reading and writing by exposing children to a wide range of quality authors and genres.


English and Literacy contribute to the whole school curriculum by developing the abilities of our children to speak, listen, read and write for a wide range of purposes and audiences, using language to learn and communicate ideas, viewpoints and feelings confidently.


The children in our school are taught in safe, secure and stimulating environments, enabling them all to achieve their fullest potential. Every child will be revered and respected as part of our school family and loved and valued as one of God’s children.

Reading at Horton St Michael’s CE Academy


Children who read regularly, or are read to regularly, have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give children the tools to become independent life-long learners. We believe that reading is a key skill and are dedicated to ensuring that by the time our children leave us, they are competent and confident readers, ready for the next stage of their life.



All members of our teaching team are exceedingly qualified to deliver: high-quality phonics sessions, guided reading sessions, one-to-one reading sessions, shared reading and interventions where necessary. All staff respond and adapt their teaching to ensure our children are stretched and challenged and to identify those children who may require additional support. Our school is well resourced with high-quality texts in a wide range of genres to ensure children have opportunities to apply and develop their reading skills. We regularly review and update our resources to ensure that they are appropriate for our current cohorts. Staff training is updated regularly.


The teaching of reading in our school is coherently planned through the use of a DfE approved systematic, synthetic phonics programme. Through a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment we support the individual learning journeys of all children.


Through the teaching of systematic, synthetic phonics, our aim is for our children to become fluent readers by the end of Key Stage One.  This is evidenced through our phonics screening results in which our children always achieve highly. From this, we can focus on developing their fluency and comprehension as they move through the school. However, we firmly believe that reading is the key to all learning and so the impact of our reading curriculum goes beyond the results of the statutory assessments. We promote reading for pleasure as part of our reading curriculum. Children speak extremely positively about reading and enjoy reading as part of their daily lives. They relish the idea of exploring a new book together or independently and understanding the importance of reading as a lifelong skill.

Fostering a Love for Reading

We develop a love for reading in a range of ways. These include:

  • Regularly sharing high quality books with the children
  • Giving the children the opportunity to visit the school library regularly
  • Family reading workshops
  • Author visits
  • Genre challenge in KS2
  • Encouraging daily reading at home through a certificate system
  • Continually updating our reading resources

Our reading scheme is fully book banded in line with age-related expectations (EYFS, KS1 and KS2) with explicit links to reading ages and phonics stages. We use the Collins ‘Big Cat’ Phonics for Little Wandle  as the main reading scheme to teach, assess and engage our children as readers. However, this is supplemented with a range of other high-quality schemes that feed directly into our book banding system outlined above.

Family Reading Sessions

This year we will be holding some family reading sessions. As a school, we believe support from home plays a vital part in ensuring that your child is a happy and confident reader and writer. Reading with your child and as a family is a special time, where you can foster a love for reading and books that can last a lifetime! These will provide you with the opportunity to read with your child(ren) and their friends. We will provide a wide range of books for you to choose from. Remember you can also bring your own favourite book(s) from home to share with your child(ren). The children are also welcome to bring in their favourite books from home to share and read .

  • For more information, please contact your child’s teacher.
  • Thank you for your continued support.

Reading Leaflet for Parents

Little Wandle ( Our Phonics Scheme)

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