Meath School

Meath School

Talk, Learn, Grow

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Reading Intent


  • To develop the underlying attention and listening skills vital for reading



 (Progression: - phonological awareness, decoding, grammar & punctuation)

  • To develop an understanding that symbols and written words have a permanent meaning
  • To decode symbols and or words for functional use within their daily lives
  • To ensure that all pupils will have the opportunity to develop their phonological awareness and phonic skills or overcome barriers with individualised reading approaches where needed
  • To apply phonic knowledge to decode words, where this is successful continue until this is embedded automatically
  • To develop a growing bank of sight words/ high frequency words/common exception words/tricky words
  • To understand the effects of punctuation and grammar to interpret meaning, fluency and expression when reading.



  • To show comprehension of signs, symbols, differentiated sentences/stories that they have shared or read through retelling/role play, information retrieval, inference and prediction.
  • To link reading themes to own experiences and share with others


Enjoyment in reading

  • To develop pleasure in reading a range of text including stories, non fiction, poems and rhymes.
  • To enjoy sharing pictures, symbols and books with adults and peers
  • To see purpose and develop motivation in reading to interpret labels, signs, and instructions as an everyday life skill