We believe reading and writing are the key to successful learning. Generous time is given to the teaching of English, both as a separate subject and across other curriculum areas. We have committed to the Lancashire ‘We are Reading’ initiative and promote reading wherever possible in school.
All children participate in a daily lesson where skills are developed and improved through a combination of shared, guided and independent work. Children are encouraged to use them effectively to extend learning across the curriculum.
Phonics and Spelling
Our school reading scheme is very well resourced and uses high quality texts. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme is used throughout EYFS/KS1 and we progress onto ‘No Nonsense’ spelling scheme once pupils are competent at phase five.
Our recently updated reading scheme comprises a range of Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star texts, supplemented with a free reading books to further extend and engage pupils, helping to instil a love for reading.
Our pupils are encouraged to read as widely as possible. We hand out ‘Caught Reading’ tickets if pupils are found reading outside of lessons and these are entered in a prize draw in our weekly celebration assembly. We set challenging reading targets every term and pupils are rewarded for reaching these by achieving bronze, silver and gold (Pupils who achieve their gold award have an extra special treat at the end of the year). We also engage in and actively promote local community reading projects such as the Euxton Library Reading Challenge.