Chorley All Saints Church Of England Primary School And Nursery Unit

Love to Learn, Together with the Lord



The teaching of English involves a range of approaches. The aim of our reading curriculum is to help children become confident, motivated and fluent readers who read a wide range of material for enjoyment and for information. Our teaching of reading enables the children to:

  • Read a wide range of texts.
  • Read for a range of purposes.
  • Respond to what has been read – evaluate and reflect.
  • Read aloud with expression and intonation.
  • Use a range of strategies and cues in reading.
  • Develop phonemic awareness and phonic knowledge.
  • Develop a positive and confident attitude to reading.
  • Develop an understanding of grammar and punctuation.
  • Develop vocabulary.
  • Use reading as a model for writing.
  • Find information in books, computer-based sources and libraries.


The reading scheme in school uses an extensive range of very high quality books, In the EYFS and KS1 classes, the children read books carefully matched to their phonological understanding. In KS1, we use Phonics Bugs Books and The Oxford Reading Tree Books. All books are banded according to the National Curriculum levels.


Children take part in shared (whole class), guided (small group with adult support) and independent reading in school. In the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 they undertake a phonics programme (Letters and Sounds) to help them decode words.


How we teach reading:


  1. Whole Word – The children identify words by shape and pattern, often using flash cards; The Literacy Key words are learned this way.


  1. Phonics – This equips the children with the skill to build words by sounding out single and combinations of letters. 'Letters and Sounds' is used to support this.


  1. Contextual – The children are encouraged to read for meaning and decide on unfamiliar words according to the meaning of the text.


The child’s banded book is read in school during quiet reading time and other opportunities, with the class teacher, TA or parent helper and also taken home to be shared with parents and carers.


Children listen to texts being read aloud regularly and every child is encouraged to read for pleasure. All children have access to well stocked reading areas in every classroom and the school library, children love to read independently in these areas.


Why not ask your child about their favourite book or author?