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This year we celebrated World Book Day with Stoke City players and Ruth Hearson, a fantastic local author and illustrator! 



We really enjoyed World Book Day!  

We shared stories with our own classes, we also visited different year groups and read with them too.  We really enjoyed the day as reading is one of our favourite things to do! Take a look at our video of some highlights of the day:

Click to see our World Book Day adventures!


Open the documents below to see our Crucial Knowledge overviews for Reading and Writing.

The first document identifies the component overview and the second document shows each year group in turn.




Reading Overview

Collective Vision Trust Reading Curriculum is designed to work in conjunction with the Writing Curriculum to develop children’s skills in English.  Reading is essential to the whole child’s learning; it is the key that can access further knowledge in all other subjects.  It is essential that it is taught well and given strategic importance.

It is also important that children develop a love of reading, in all its forms, alongside decoding and fluency skills.  Reading aloud to children is a priority alongside giving children a wide range of opportunities to access reading in a variety of ways: whole class reading, group and guided reading, independent reading and story time.

Curriculum Intent

Collective Vision Trust has developed a curriculum that carefully builds up children’s reading skills beginning by using a single systematic synthetic phonics programme to fully embed the skills of early reading, this then moves seamlessly to the other essential skills that make children fluent and accurate readers.  This is then built on by teachers selecting good quality, diverse texts that not only capture children’s interests but develop the essential curriculum areas.

We have identified key topic areas that need to be taught.  These are: letters and phonics, words, text, reading skills, understand reading and talk about reading.  Together these build up the essential reading skills that children need.


Planned, quality recap is an essential feature of the curriculum.  Teachers will incorporate recap into their daily and weekly plans.  In addition, the following is worthy of note:

  • On the spot accurate assessment is the key to good recap.  
  • Teachers will quickly move to longer recap of topic areas or concepts that are not fully embedded.
  • Differentiation of learning must be applied to recap work – some pupils will need more recap than others, which needs to happen without holding back the learning of the rest of the class.
  • The first week in a half term is always a recap week.  No new concepts are taught in recap weeks.
  • Teachers will plan additional ongoing recaps as part of their weekly plans.