At Leigh St Peter’s CE Primary School, English has a pre-eminent place within our school curriculum. A high-quality education in English will teach our pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular, pupils will have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables our pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; our pupils, therefore, receive an English provision that promotes success, confidence and personal development.

As a school, we will persistently strive to:

  • Expose our children to a stimulating range of books and texts.
  • Provide a range of reading experiences including individual, paired, shared and guided reading opportunities.
  • Involve and encourage parents in the reading process as much as possible.
  • Ensure reading is both structured and enjoyable.
  • Use record keeping and regular assessment to monitor progress.
  • Provide support for children with Special Educational Needs as appropriate.
  • Supply engaging texts (in line with the National Curriculum) that are age related with appropriate vocabulary.
  • Encourage independence through the development of a variety of reading skills.
  • Challenge our children to become confident readers with a true love of books.
  • Present reading as a lifelong skill, something to treasure and not to fear or be seen as a chore.