Reading Intent

I am a reader.


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.

Dr Seuss.


At St Thomas a Becket, we celebrate and promote reading across the school. We see it as one of the integral foundations in a child’s learning, allowing them to access a world of literature and positively impacting their life chances. Additionally, we value reading for pleasure as an invaluable tool for experiencing worlds outside our own and improving mental wellbeing. Through exposing children to a variety of high-quality texts throughout the school, we endeavour to enable them to become lifelong readers. We also recognise the power of books as a source of language, which we intend for our children to absorb to positively influence their writing. Through our teaching of reading, our children become inquisitive and thoughtful readers who can ask questions about what they read and share their joy of texts with others.


St Thomas à Becket Reading Strategy


Reading Spines:

Kestrel Class Reading Spine

Chough Class Reading Spine

Skylark Class Reading Spine

St Thomas a Becket Poetry Spine

Writing Intent

I am a writer.


You can make anything by writing.

C.S. Lewis.


At St Thomas a Becket, our writing curriculum is dedicated to encouraging all children to become passionate, highly competent writers by the end of their time with us. We place a high value on talk right from the first days of a child’s journey in EYFS; immersing them in a wealth of vocabulary through quality interactions so that they can speak and communicate their ideas articulately. This then leads to the ability to express their thoughts, ideas and emotions through writing. As the children move through our school, they learn the conventions of writing through a robust spelling, punctuation and grammar curriculum. This knowledge empowers them to improve the quality of their writing and manipulate their language confidently and powerfully, with the genre, purpose and audience in mind. High quality texts, short films and poems are woven into our writing curriculum throughout the school, motivating our children to become inspired by the texts they read and demonstrate a passion for writing.


English Curriculum Journey


Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Curriculum Journey

Writing Milestones



Speaking and Listening Milestones

Reading Milestones English National Curriculum