Kirkstall St. Stephen’s C of E (Voluntary Aided) Primary School


Parent/ Carer comments and feedback
Reading Open Morning Wednesday 4th July 2018
Thank you to all those of you who attended our Reading Open Morning. We had some lovely, positive feedback, here are a few of the written feedback comments we recieved. 

"Found the talk on the Key Reading Skills really helpful & tips for encouraging at home. Interesting to see this played out in different ways with different ages & abilities. Thanks"
"Very informative talk before joining the children. Lovely to see the children enjoying the books."
"Thanks very much for the opportunity to see how you've developed reading. It all seems great! :-) "
"Very informative and interesting. Good to see how older/more advanced readers will be developed. Thanks"
"Thank you for a really informative morning, and taking time to inform us. It was really interesting to see how you are making reading more interesting and also more understanding for the children".
"A really interesting insight into reading".
"Very Informative and a great opportunity to find out about 1:1 Reading and the skill letter code, which will be used in Year 1 with my daughter. I will work on retrieval at home with J  to develop her reading."
"Really useful to see how the curriculum in different classes are learning and practicing reading. I think the new methods look interesting and varied and I think my child will respond well to
them. Also useful for teachers to assess the reading in a structured way."

One to One Reading across school

At Kirkstall St Stephen's we teach reading through the 'ten key skills' which are: Goal Preview Monitor Visualise Infer Question Retrieval Vocabulary Summarise Predict

Year Group









Harry and the Robots

Toys- non-fiction text

Poetry - fireworks

Information texts – nocturnal animals

Narrative - stickman


Stories from other cultures

Information texts about a country not in the EU


Traditional tales


Pirate stories

How to be a pirate non- fiction text






Fantasy Stories

Humorous poems

Repetitive poems

Character descriptions


Fairy tales



Diary entries



Traditional tales

Chronological reports

Information texts

Shape poetry


Recounts, newspaper reports, poetry, extended stories

Persuasive writing, newspaper reports, letter writing

Non chronological report, instructions poetry

Recount, persuasive writing, letters, stories

Playscripts, Haikus, non fiction writing

Playscripts, recounts


Stories by the same author, adventure stories / persuasive writing

Explanation texts, Biographies, Adventure stories

Myths & Legends

Creating own myths

Shape poetry/ non chronological reports

Recount – newspapers

Image poetry

Stories from other cultures, traditional poems


Iron Man Sci-Fi story (link to balanced arguments, newspaper reports and fantasy story writing)
Recounts (UFO)



Argument & Debate (graffiti)
Instructions (How to be an Anglo-Saxon)


Drama – Shakespeare (Romeo & Juliet/Macbeth)
Newspaper/Report Writing


Fantasy fiction (How to train your dragon)
Spooky Stories - Alma
Slam Poetry

Image Poetry – The Titanic
Non-fiction - Letters


Fantasy fiction – The Hobbit

Short stories – Journey to inner Suburbia


  • Folktales
  • Vanishing rainforest
  • The Great Kapok Tree
  • Christmas Carol
  • The Firework makers daughter
  • Street Child
  • Oliver Twist
  • Cruel Victorians
  • Goodnight Mr Tom
  • Rose Blanche
  • The Lion and The Unicorn
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth
  • The Whisperer
  • Kenzuke’s Kingdom
  • Improve skills and ready for High School
Curriculum Overview
World Book Day 2018

At KSS we all dressed up as our favourite character on World Book Day. The teachers performed an assembly for the children based on famous characters from popular children's books. In the afternoon the parents joined us to read with the children. It was lovely to see so many parents attend!

                                             Our aim is to foster a love of reading so that children read for pleasure and enjoyment! 

Here at Kirkstall St Stephen’s English is a core subject and is embedded across the curriculum. It is a life skill which is essential to the development of the child and will help enhance learning in all areas.  The acquisition of English is essential since it encompasses all areas of learning and as such we would encourage, where appropriate, a cross curricular approach to the teaching of English as this can be exploited to provide meaningful learning contexts.

At Kirkstall St Stephens we strive to achieve a more creative and experiential approach to the curriculum. We strive to create a community of readers and writers who use their skills confidently and competently. 

Here at Kirkstall St Stephen's we initially teaching reading through a synthetic phonics programme.
We use:

  • Jolly phonics (Reception)
  • Letters and sounds (Year 1 and 2)
  • Rising stars weekly spelling tests

In Year 2 and key stage 2 we also use:

  • A variety of texts linking to topics to teach the 10 key comprehension skills.
  • Various different resources and book schemes to teach the national curriculum comprehension skills for each year goup
Reading Information for Parents

The attached files for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 contain the following key information for parents: * Book bands

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of
all children, and expects our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.