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


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

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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!

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. We hope to foster a love of literature and to equip our children with the skills to achieve success in all learning areas.

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.