King's Somborne C of E Primary School

Love - Trust - Hope - Joy


At King’s Somborne CE Primary school, we believe that all children can fulfil their potential in speaking and listening, reading and writing; achieving all that they can in a stimulating, supportive and aspirational environment.


Reading is at the heart of what we do. We want to enable our children to thrive, and develop this hugely important life skill in a supportive, fun and challenging way. Our aim is to develop of love of reading that transcends the entire school, and opens up opportunities for children to be successful across the entire curriculum.


Firm foundations for reading are set in our approach to phonics in EYFS and KS1, and these are built upon with an immersive and captivating text-driven curriculum. High quality teaching and learning experiences in English support children to be able to lead happy and rewarding lives, both now and in the future.


Our children are immersed in high-quality texts that build on their interests, inspire their curiosity and enable them to aspire for success. Teachers select texts carefully in order to ensure a diversity of genre, form, author and heritage. Learning journeys offer opportunities for children to develop skills as speakers, readers and writers and culminate in outcomes that cover a range of purposes, audiences and forms.

An example of long-term planning in our text-driven approach

An example of long-term planning in our text-driven approach


Our considered school curriculum inspires curiosity, enables our children to aspire for more, and supports them in becoming resilient learners. Geography, History and Science form some of the key drivers for our creative curriculum topics, which we call our ‘Learning Adventures’. Teachers may choose to link their English text-driver to the wider Learning Adventure, or to teach it discretely. Links should never be forced, but can be embraced where appropriate, and offer an opportunity to fully immerse children in learning across the curriculum.


In essence, we want to develop confident speakers, who can talk with enthusiasm about a variety of texts they have experienced and apply this enthusiasm to successful written outcomes in different forms.


We recognise the importance of partnership with parents in our aim, and maintain regular dialogue in reading records.


Please have a look at our English and Phonics Policy documents below for more information. Overviews of text drivers for KS1 and KS2 are also available.


If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask your child's class teacher - we would be delighted to help.