Our English Curriculum

Through a high quality English curriculum, we intend for our pupils to:

Develop a love of reading, writing and language.
Communicate effectively, developing strong discussion and listening skills.
Access to, and appreciation of, vocabulary rich texts to nurture their
Be able to retrieve, infer and deduce with growing confidence with ageappropriate texts.
Confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their
Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting language and style for a
range of genres.
Identify their own areas for improvement in their written work, editing their
work effectively during and after the writing process.
Take pride in the presentation and standard of their written work.


At St John Vianney Catholic Primary School we follow Read, Write Inc, a progressive phonics programme. It aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. We have daily phonic sessions for all of our children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Children are grouped according to their phonetic ability. Catch up sessions are carried out for those that need extra support.


Reading has a key role to play in our children’s education. In our school, we recognise that reading is an integral part of the school day and value highly its contribution to children’s learning.

Children are encouraged to read a wide range of books. All children in the school take home a book banded book which matches their reading ability. Whilst in Foundation Stage and KS1, children take home phonetically decodable books from the RWI scheme to aid fluency. All children are encouraged to use the school library to take home a book for reading with pleasure.

Whole Class Reading

As a school, we have adapted a ‘Whole Class Reading’ approach to ensure that all children have access to challenging  and vocabulary rich texts. Reading skills are taught during these lessons and all children are taught to read with intonation and fluency.


We have introduced Lexia for children to support their reading and comprehension skills. The children are enjoying using the programme and we celebrate their progress and achievements during our celebration assembly on a Friday.


Reading Rocks Cafe March 2022

We have enjoyed reading with our parents this week in the Reading Rocks Cafe. Thank you for everyone that has attended and for those that purchased books from the school book fair.

World Book Day March 2022


Paul Delaney Poet Visit (February 2022)

We were delighted to invite Paul into school last week. The children took part in a whole school assembly – learning a bit about Paul’s past and watched performances of his own poems, which both staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed.

Paul then delivered workshops to all classes. The children produced some fantastic poetry of their own.


Some quotes about the day from our Reception children.

Ada said,  “I loved him because he was funny!”
Amelie stated, “I liked it because it was fun using our imagination.”
Aaron said,  “He was the best person because he’s cool.”

Percy the Park Keeper (December 2021)

Year 1 and 2, took a trip to Tatton Park. The children followed the secret path in the gardens and immersed themselves in the book. 


Book BASH! Autumn Term 2021

In year 1 and 5, we have welcomed in the library to discuss new books with the children. The children are currently reading through the titles and deciding which is their favourite book. Watch this space to see which books win!!!!

Dan Worsley – Autumn Term 2021


We enjoyed our visit and workshops ran by Dan Worsley today.

Book Week 2020

We had a fanastic week celebrating reading in our school. A huge thank you to all families that came to read with their children and visited our Book Fair. Due to the volume of books bought we now have £588 to spend on new non-fiction books for our library.


A huge Thank you!!!!!!

‘I love English because I can use as much imagination as I need to.’

Phoebe (Year 5)

‘I like Reading Eggs because it has helped me with my spelling. When I am reading I feel really happy because I feel like one of the characters in the book.’

Lily (Year 5)

Sarah Oliver Author Visit


St. John Vianney Catholic Primary School, Elton Head Road, Sutton Heath, St. Helens, WA9 5BT
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