Gordon Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1SA, UK



SS Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School

'We show our love for God in the way we treat each other. Together we follow Jesus by learning and sharing our gifts'




From September 2022, early reading will be supported through the Read Write Inc scheme.  All staff have attended training and development days to ensure staff are equipped to teach with the expertise and skills required to promote excellent progress, as well as a love of reading. Beyond the books and resources prescribed by RWI, younger children have access to books from Oxford Reading Tree.  Where teachers note children in Year 2 have shown strong capabilities in reading, they begin to be introduced to our bespoke 'Recommended Reads' system.

In KS2, when children have successfully completed the RWI programme, they develop deeper reading skills making use of each year group's 'Recommended Reads'.  These are age-appropriate, high-quality texts selected from many wildly-used lists (CLPE, The Book Trust, Books for Topics etc).  There are a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and graphic novels in each year group, with multiple copies of each, so that children can develop their love of reading for pleasure and generate book talk amongst their peers.  We feel the significant investment in this area is vital, and continue to update each year group's titles as new, recommended books are released.  We have also invested in the RWI 'Fresh Start' additional resources to be used as a catch-up and intervention programme in order to target children in older year groups who still need to accelerate their reading progress.

We pack our weekly newsletter with details of recommendations and author book matches to help guide and engage our children and parents at home.

In one area of dedicated comprehension lessons, children in Year 1 to Year 6 have access to 'Cracking Comprehension' units which make use of a multitude of text-types and question styles.  Teachers use these to model approaches to understanding texts and further decoding. 


Our Learning Resource Centre


All children visit the library element of our Learning Resource Centre.  This is another way of giving children access to quality texts and allows them to become discerning readers who make personal choices on other books they read alongside their 'Recommended Read'.


Book Week & Author Visits


At SSPP, we celebrate with a week-long set of events and lessons close to World Book Day.  These are usually themed (2020 - Bedtime Stories; 2022 - Wild About Reading).  We often work from a school-wide text at this point, which mirrors our activities from World Poetry Day.  Despite the substantial cost to the school, we make every effort to secure an author visit (and these are sometimes at multiple points of the year).  The calibre of author is high at SSPP, tailoring who we choose to ensure that we feel they will entertain and more importantly enthuse our children.  In recent years we have had visits from Anthony Lishak, Brian Moses, Jennifer Bell and Maz Evans.  The workshops which take place during these visits are a real highlight, allowing children to step into the world of the professional author.


Reciprocal Reading

We make use of a hybrid model for Reciprocal Reading which draws on the question styles seen with this approach, alongside a more traditional whole-class guided reading model.  This gives children exposure to further texts and helps them to address reading targets through well-constructed question and answers sessions as well as additional activities.


To view our English Overview page, please click here.

To view details about our writing curriculum, please click here.