'Reading is given high priority at Burley Oaks; no other skill is more important than reading. It is the gateway to all other knowledge. If children do not learn to read efficiently, the path is blocked to every subject they encounter in their school years'. 
                                                                                                      Ruth Hill, Reading Leader 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

At Burley Oaks, we are committed to teaching our pupils to become skilled readers who develop a comprehensive understanding of words, language and texts as they move through school.

Development of language and vocabulary is central to success and the teaching of spoken language sits hand in hand with development in reading and across the curriculum. We nurture children’s speaking and listening skills through a variety of approaches: exploratory play, story time, hot-seating, drama, debate and through collaborative learning approaches.     

Please click here to see how this progresses across school. 

Children learn to read and then read to learn. Our aim is to ensure that pupils develop a love of reading so that they can read for purpose and for pleasure. Moreover, reading for pleasure, often and with enthusiasm, lays the foundations for life; you interact, react, empathise and understand the tools to express yourself and interpret life. Can you remember the first book that truly 'hooked' you?  

We provide children with a range of reading opportunities and strategies in order to do this:





Further information about the structure and format of reading curriculum can be found below which includes our approach to:

  • the systematic teaching of phonics 
  • our carefully designed reading scheme 
  • becoming a fluent reader - accuracy, automaticity and prosody 
  • developing readers as writers across the wider curriculum 
  • our developed literature spine
  • wider reading
  • developing a community of readers through 'BOPS Brilliant Books'


our reading curriculum.pdf

 Further documents can be found here: