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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).


Reading:  For early reading, we mainly use a variety of phonics based reading books as well as other texts. 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.


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.


New reading books linked to our phonics scheme

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

Bedtime story boxes

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 5 are reading and writing about Varjak Paw. They were excited to meet author SF Said. 1

Year 6 meet author and illustrator Shoo Rayner

Year 5's author visit to meet Matt Oldfield

Year 5's author visit to meet Matt Oldfield 1

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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