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It is really important that children are able to read regularly and continue to read books at school and at home. Reading is a key factor in our recovery curriculum. All classes will also have a high quality text that they will together as a class reader. Reading is essential for wider curriculum success. Developing a love of reading and supporting the habit of reading is key, both to lifelong learning and ultimately for children’s life outcomes.

Half Term Reading

Below is a link to our Autumn Reading Bingo. We would like you to complete as many of the reading tasks as you can and share your completed bingo board with us on Twitter @ChrissiesSpeke.

You can access free online books by signing up at 

Autumn Reading Bingo

Reading Information September 2020

We are delighted to announce that St. Christopher's has been awarded the Gold Reading Quality Mark in recognition of our achievements in Reading. 

Phonics and Reading Schemes - Key Stage 1


Phonics:  As a school we follow the Letters and Sounds phonics resource for Phases One to Four (Nursery and Reception children), followed by the School Improvement Liverpool Phonics Plans (Year 1 onwards). More information can be found here 


Reading:  For early reading, we use a variety of phonics based reading books, allowing our children to apply the skills learned in phonics lessons. We use 'Big Cat Phonics' books for guided reading which link to the Letters and Sounds Phonic phases.

Our more advanced readers have a variety of different schemes, including the phonics based Project X, to develop comprehension and sight words as well as providing breadth and depth.


Free online reading books can be found here 


For parts of our English curriculum and for use as Class novels we use the texts recommended from Pie Corbett's Reading Spine. These group quality fiction texts for different year groups. Our aim is that during the children's time with us, they will meet as many of the texts and authors as possible.


‘Imagine a primary school where, over seven or eight years, children are read to, enjoy, discuss and work with a core of around 80 books. These ‘essential reads’ would be a store of classics, creating a living library inside a child’s mind…Schools that have a reading spine build a common bank of stories that bind the community together’ – Pie Corbett.


Anna Hibiscus author, Atinuke, came to our school!

Lovely stories being read to our children by the staff at The Very Group

When we met author Cressida Cowell

Sharing books with our friends

World Book Day

Liverpool Learning Partnership Reading Workshop

Coram Beanstalk and The Very Group Story time Session

New reading books linked to our phonics scheme

Click below to see the list of books for each year group.

Bedtime story boxes

Story time session at The Very Group

As part of the Liverpool Children's Reading Festival organised by Liverpool Learning Partnership, we have been able to meet lots of different authors over the past few week and start to read their books. The children have all been hugely inspired to continue with their own reading and writing.

Year 5 are reading and writing about Varjak Paw. They were excited to meet author SF Said.

Year 6 meet author and illustrator Shoo Rayner

Year 5's author visit to meet Matt Oldfield

Year 5 trip to Central Library to meet author Scarlett Thomas

Chinese Storytelling

Easter Bedtime Stories - books and hot chocolate!

World Book Day 2019

Drop Everything And Read

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