St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School a Voluntary Academy

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Reading Intent

At St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School we believe that reading is an essential life skill and we are committed to enabling our children to become lifelong readers. At the heart is our intent to foster a love of reading, enriching children’s learning through carefully designed teaching activities that utilise imaginative stories and thought provoking texts.  Reading is a skill that enables children to develop their learning across the wider curriculum and lays the foundations for success in future study and employment. We recognise the importance of taking a consistent approach to the teaching of reading. We have high expectations of all children and we encourage children to challenge themselves, persevere and pursue success.


Phonics Intent

At St. Anthony’s we believe that phonics provides the very foundations of learning to read and write successfully.  Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words.  At St. Anthony’s we teach phonics using the Read, Write Inc scheme, a DFE approved scheme which teaches reading and writing together.  The teaching of phonics is of high priority and we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers.


Writing Intent

At St. Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, we strive to help our children develop into articulate and imaginative communicators, who are well-equipped with the basic skills they need to become life-long learners; writing is key in this. 

We aim to ensure all of our children develop a genuine love of language and the written word, through a text-based approach. Careful links are made across the curriculum to ensure that children’s English learning is relevant and meaningful: where possible linking our reading, writing and the topic that we are covering in History, Geography and Science. We ensure that children develop an understanding of how widely writing is used in everyday life and, therefore, how important and useful the skills are that they are learning. Our intentions in writing are for children to:  

  • Write for a purpose  
  • See themselves as real writers  
  • Take ownership of their writing  
  • See writing as an interesting and enjoyable process  
  • Acquire the ability to organise, plan and publish their written work



Look through the PowerPoint below to see photos of English around our school