"Reading takes me to magical places” Year 6 child, Q1E

“It feels like a new world” Year 3 child, Q1E

“The ethos of ‘learn to read and read to learn’ shines through.”  Ofsted, 2019

Our overall approach is "learning to read, reading to learn". 

Our aim is that all children are fluent, confident and independent readers.  We want to lead them to a world of discovery through books and to be delighted, informed, challenged, educated and entertained in their reading. 

We are proud of our:

  • exceptional range of carefully chosen, inspiring, new and classic books.
  • engaging, dynamic phonics programme
  • comprehensive, clear programmes of study for all ages 

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Our LEARN approach


  • experience an inspirational world-class reading curriculum
  • read and are read to from a wide-ranging, dynamic choice of texts


  • award-winning authors
  • challenging themes, ideas, contexts
  • new ideas, concepts, people, places, perspectives


  • an exceptional range of new and classic books
  • carefully pitched to age and interests of children
  • supports the wider curriculum


  • reflects diversity – gender, race, disability
  • children see themselves represented
  • contemporary themes/issues


  • themes to develop empathy and understanding
  • develops personal growth
  • awareness of global and local issues

Learning to Read

Our bespoke, systematic synthetic approach to teaching phonics is:

  • always given a high priority in the school day
  • matched to the phases of ‘Letters and Sounds’
  • engaging through clear symbols, songs, actions, resources
  • based on a track record of excellence and delivers excellent outcomes.

We develop motivation and interest through: 

  • an inspirational range of books
  • excellent shared resources
  • clear strategies for teaching word reading
  • high-quality training for staff and parents. 

Reading to Learn


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'The ultimate goal of reading is comprehension’

We have:

  • an excellent, inspiring range of texts in our curriculum
  • a clear structure based on reciprocal reading 
  • clear teaching steps to help understanding
  • high-quality training for teachers
  • an approach which works for all ages
  • a model for children to 'talk themselves into a better understanding'

Download Q1E Reading to learn approach. 

“I enjoy the clarification part when we go over the misunderstood sections" Key Stage 2 child, Q1E