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.
During the Autumn term when pupils first join Primrose Hill, Mrs. Higson (EYFS Leader) and the EYFS staff team deliver an 'Early Reading' workshop to all parents who are new to school. We believe that it is vital that parents fully understand our approach to reading and are fully aware of our pedagogical approaches to teaching phonics and these sessions enable us to ensure that teachers and parents work in unison. These sessions have proved very popular over the years and are very well attended. This year's Early Reading meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th November 2021 at 6:15 p.m.
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. Before becoming fluent readers and having free acces to a comprehensive range of high quality texts, pupils are provided with high quality reading books that match their phonic development level. This enables pupils to confidently develop a love of reading, whilst reinforcing their phonics skills.
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.