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Reading Documents

Below are documents that explain our reading curriculum further.

  • Reading Non-negotiables: this clarifies our 'non-negotiables' for each year group i.e. the key skills that each child works towards and ends the year being able to do.
  • Reading Knowledge and Skills: this clarifies the knowledge and skills linked to reading for each year group, with key questions to drive learning during reading time. 

Reading Spine

At Morton Trentside, we teach children both how to learn to read and to read to learn. Learning to read focuses primarily on the phonics skills of the children and being able to decode and blend sounds to read. This also includes alien words and high frequency words. Reading to Learn focuses primarily upon the reciprocal reading skills children require to read for pleasure and to develop subject knowledge. These reciprocal reading skills are taught explicitly in our weekly reading skills lessons, in groups or whole class. We plan our English lessons around high quality core texts, which also link to the topics and themes for that term.

We have identified key anchor texts for every English unit taught in a year group. We have ensured our selected texts represent a wide range of diversity in both authors and protagonists and are engaging to encourage a love for reading. A diet of fiction and non-fiction is promoted within our Reading Spine.

6 Ps of Fluent Reading


The 6 P's (pitch, punctuation, pause, passion, power and pace) are a great way for pupils to learn how to read aloud effectively. Year 3 have been learning about how to use these within their reading aloud this year to add interest.