Adel St John The Baptist


At Adel St John, we are passionate about reading- it is the cornerstone of the education children receive at our school. Adel St John the Baptist’s intent for planning its English curriculum is consistency and depth of skills. We follow the requirements of the National Curriculum for England, 2014 and use books as a foundation for developing a love of literature. We wholeheartedly agree with the following statement:

‘A high-quality education in English will 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.’ The National Curriculum for England.


Why we Teach Reading

"If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books.” Roald Dahl.

The ability to read and write well is a vital skill for all children to give them a strong foundation for an enjoyable and successful school and life experience. Whilst phonics is the beginning point for this reading journey, we use whole class guided reading and cross-curricular reading to develop and hone these skills across the curriculum to support our children to become fluent, perceptive readers with a stamina for and inherent love of literature.

In reading, we aim to give children opportunities to:

  • Learn to read;
  • Read for pleasure (independent and whole class);
  • Read for information; and
  • Read to write.


N.B. The long-term plan is under review and more books will be added to the whole-class reading sessions for several Key Stage 2 classes.


Below is a list of recommended books for different classes to be read at home and at school.