At Even Swindon Primary School, we are readers.

We believe that our reading curriculum opens the door to all other areas of learning and that all pupils should have the opportunity to be fluent, confident readers who are able to successfully comprehend a wide range of texts.

We have carefully designed our reading curriculum to develop a lifelong love of reading and expose pupils to a range of authors and text types so that they are able to achieve an appreciation of the world in which they live and skills which will support their ongoing education. 

We strive to inspire our pupils to use reading to see beyond what they know, share in cultural experiences and develop the vocabulary they need to effectively express themselves.



We believe high quality learning in Reading has been achieved when pupils can appreciate good quality texts, word chose of the author and the work of the illustrator and design of the book. The children will read for pleasure; they will be able to make good choices of books to read and understand the benefits of reading such as being transported to other places and time both familiar and unfamiliar; they will know that reading supports their learning across the curriculum; they will recognise that reading will enrich their lives now and in the future in many ways including their mental health and well-being. In our school we teach our children to read, but we also bring to life the joy of books.

This will be evident through the use of high-quality books throughout the school day. There will be engaging book displays and reading areas around the school such as in the classrooms and corridors. The school library is at the heart of the school. It has a broad and diverse range of authors, topics, books and publishers. It supports children and their families to enjoy reading, to see themselves as good readers and improve attainment and wellbeing.

Children are taught to read, and have opportunities to read, throughout the school day. Phonics is taught daily, and it is supported by reading books at their phonic level. There are guided reading lessons, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) and DEAL (Drop Everything and Listen) every day. The Even Swindon Reading Spine, from Nursery to Year 6, supports the book choices for the teaching and enjoyment of reading. It includes poetry and songs as well as fiction and non-fiction texts.

The impact of our reading curriculum will be overseen by the subject leader(s) through learning walks, team teaching, book looks, pupil and staff voice, planning feedback, and ongoing data analysis.