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The fear of failure.

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Anfield Road Primary School

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Purpose of study


English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.




The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:


- read easily, fluently and with good understanding

- develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information

- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language 

- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage 

- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences 

- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas 

- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss


Reading is a priority for us at Anfield Road and we are passionate about our ambition to ensure that every child can read by the age of 6. 


Reading Spines

We pride ourselves in the vast range of texts we offer our children at Anfield Road Primary. The use of high quality texts within our school curriculum is at the heart of our approach to engage and support our children to become motivated and independent readers. 

Click the logo below to see our reading journey across each year group in school.

Take a look at what we have been up to:


  • Year 5 and 6 librarians have been running book tasting sessions during lunch times 
  • We held a fantastic Usborne Book Fair in December raising over £1500 for new books for school
  • The profile of reading was raised through a sponsored reading and book bingo
  • The children thoroughly enjoy Reading Buddy sessions
  • The children have been enjoying exciting, 'Story Raids' where Year 6 children deliver surprise reading sessions with the younger children
  • Our Year 6 children visit Simonsfield Nursing Home to read to the residents every 6 weeks









The Teaching of Reading