At St Wilfrid’s, we recognise that language is a key building block in child development and we aim to equip each and every pupil with the literacy skills they need. This will allow them to enjoy reading for knowledge, as well as pleasure and enjoyment, and to write with a sense of purpose and audience. We also encourage our children to express themselves effectively and to listen and learn from each other.

As well as two school libraries, classes also have inviting book corners. Whole class and guided reading takes place on a regular basis. These sessions include a mixture of teacher-led work, follow up activities, phonics work, independent reading and some time to simply read for pleasure.

In Reception, parents are invited to take part in workshops to learn how we teach phonics in order for them to support and help their child at home with their reading. Reading with your child every day hugely improves their reading success and this is something we actively encourage at St Wilfrid’s.

Through daily lessons, children learn the essentials of the English language such as phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence construction, together with the skills to help shape and organise texts. However, English is not just taught as discrete lessons, but as part of our creative curriculum approach. We try to make learning fun and relevant by linking activities and experiences to other areas of the curriculum such as history, geography or science. Each year group has a different topic for each term and, wherever possible, teachers are encouraged to find fiction and non-fiction work linked to their topic area.

At St Wilfrid’s, children are taught to listen well, speak clearly, read enthusiastically and write effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. Children are supported and encouraged as they learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively on their way to becoming enthusiastic and independent learners. A variety of Reading Schemes are used in school. The main schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Songbirds and Floppy’s Phonics. Phonics is delivered through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme.

The children are engaged in language development through drama and role play opportunities throughout the year. Each Year group is involved in a performance for parents at Christmas, involving speaking and acting to an audience. The children also may be engaged in making presentations at other times such as end of year class assemblies, or reading in church.

We enjoy many visits out of school that promote English.  These include theatre performances and science shows. We also arrange for visitors to speak to the children at school; these may be linked to cross curricular work or as part of a whole school experience.  A theatre group perform to all the children each December. Year 6 children take part in a speaking competition organised by the Rotary Club every year.

Each March, we take part in ‘World Book Day’ celebrations. We hold events within school to promote a love of reading.


“The school ensures that pupils continue to make rapid progress in Years 3 to 6, with test results consistently showing well above average results in English, mathematics and Science.”                                                                                                                          

Ofsted, September 2007

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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