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Reading is at the core of our curriculum at St Anthony's. Our standards demonstrate that our reading curriculum has clear impact in all three key stages. As part of our Reading Curriculum in 2019-2010 all our children are exposed to:



  • Guided reading or novel study lessons.
  • English lessons with a focus on reading.
  • KS1 and FS Story sessions.
  • Individual reading experiences.
  • Visits to our two in school libraries weekly by all classes using our electronic library systems.
  • World Book Day annually with a focus on reading.
  • Regular family learning with a reading based focus for parents and carers.
  • Year 6 Keeping up with the kids reading parent and child sessions in the Spring term. 
  • Reception Language Sessions led by Mrs Capaldi in Autumn 2 onwards funded by Leeds Council. 
  • All classes visit our local library termly.


Please take a look over the evidence of the impact of our wonderful curriculum for reading below ...

Year 6 - Macbeth Day

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On Monday 9th March, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their visit from SPLATS Entertainment! The class were split into four groups and each group rehearsed an act from the play written by William Shakespeare. To end the day, the children performed Macbeth to Year 4, Year 5 and some of their parents. It was a wonderful experience and is really going to help inspire their diary writing from Macbeth's perspective.

Year 6 sharing stories with Year 1

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World Book Day in Year 6

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What an action-packed World Book Day Year 6 had! Firstly, we all came dressed as a book character – our costumes were fantastic! In Guided Reading, Miss Taylor shared her favourite childhood picture books and let us read them too. In maths, we used a book called’365 Penguins’ to learn more about days, weeks, months and years. In English, we designed and described Macbeth’s sword. To end the morning, in pairs, we made a book character using a potato and art materials – it was so much fun and Miss Leonard came to vote for the winning potato character! Finally, in the afternoon, some of Year 6 participated in a Family Learning Reading session whilst the rest of the class shared picture books with our Year 1 class. What a wonderful day!

World Book Day in Year 5

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What a fantastic day we had celebrating a love of books and reading!

Year 6 - Family Learning

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During our World Book Day celebrations, Year 6 completed their final Family Learning session, with a focus on reading. Firstly, our adults shared their favourite childhood story and then we discussed the books we remember our families reading to us when we were younger. It was lovely to see familiar authors being mentioned by all, for example: Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. We all agreed that reading can be enjoyed by all from such an early age!

Afterwards, we completed a word study about the word: superiority. We investigated: how many syllables it has, how to spell it, the different meanings it can have as well as its synonyms too. Remember you can complete a word study about any word at all – pick one out in your reading book tonight!

Finally, we read an extract aloud with our adults from H. G. Well’s ‘The Time Machine.’ We then completed some questions which required us to create our own point and then justify it using evidence from the text. A tricky concept but we are all getting much better at it!

Year 6 - Beowulf and the Warriors

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On Wednesday 4th March, Year 6 participated in a 'Beowulf and the Warriors' workshop - it was a wonderful afternoon! We learnt that Beowulf is the oldest story in written form from England and dates back between the 8th and 10th Century. We completed several activities throughout the afternoon:
1. Created our own imaginery swords and used superb vocabulary to describe them as well as create a backstory as to how we acquired the sword.
2. Became warriors within a mead hall and shared tales of our recent battles - there was a little exaggeration at this point!
3. Used freeze frames to show our warrior qualities in the hope that Beowulf would choose us to join his army.

Year 2 Reading Week

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Year 2 love to read and be inspired by books! Come and look at some of our photos from the 2020 Reading Week including World Book Day!

Year 4 Reading Week

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We had a fabulous time during our book week. We explored opposing points of view during our drama workshop which was inspired by Julia Donaldson's book, 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. We loved writing book reviews and enjoyed the 'Dictionary Detective Challenge'. As 'Perfect Performers' we shared extracts from our favourite books, making excellent use of intonation and expression in our voices.

Year 5's Creative Writing Workshop with James Nicol

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To celebrate World Book Day, Year 5 joined the bestselling children’s author, James Nicol, for a creative writing workshop at Leeds Central Library. We had a fantastic afternoon and are filled with many story ideas! At the end of the workshop, we had a question and answer session all about life as an author. James gave us lots of top tips for writing and we can’t wait to try them out in the classroom!

Year 5 Beowulf and Warriors Workshop

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As part of St Anthony's Book Week, Year 5 had a special workshop celebrating Beowulf. Using narration and working in role, we experienced the story from the point of view of warriors who follow Beowulf on a journey across the Baltic sea to avenge his father’s allies of a monstrous human called Grendel.

World Book Day 2019

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During 2019 we celebrated World Book Day around the theme - 'Curl up with a book' - to promote and encourage bed time reading. To make this day special all the children (and adults) came to school in their pyjamas. The day started with an extra special breakfast club and then we welcomed Harry Heape the author of Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest. We hope you enjoy our Photostory!

Reading Day takes place annually as reading is high status in our school

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Reading together at St.Anthony's!

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