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At All Saints National Academy, we use Steps to Read throughout Year 2 to Year 6.

Steps to Read is planning support for whole class Shared Reading through carefully crafted units of work.   These units of work also help schools to provide curriculum knowledge for foundations subjects.   They empower teachers to teach all aspects of word reading and comprehension through high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.

Steps to Read provides a clear teaching sequence to reading sessions that explicitly teach reading skills and strategies in a cumulative way through evidence-based approaches. These comprehensive units have been constructed so that the entire statutory curriculum for reading is covered from EYFS to Y6. 

The primary aim of Steps to Read is to teach reading comprehensions skills and strategies explicitly.

Steps to Read:

  • Is sequenced, coherent and progressive

  • Uses language-rich texts for vocabulary teaching

  • Includes all elements of comprehension, taught sequentially across an academic year

  • Has a clear focus on the skills and strategies needed to be a proficient and confident reader

  • Uses engaging texts to promote a life-long love of reading

  • Includes poetry, non-fiction and fiction that enhances knowledge learning across the curriculum


These detailed units are also vehicles to your wider curriculum.  This, in turn, builds a rich curriculum where a school’s Intent and Implementation leads to Impact through improved outcomes for children.

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