At Gillibrand Primary School, we believe the development of language and communication skills is of the highest priority for the success of our children.  

In learning about English, our children develop skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, enabling them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate effectively with others.

Our whole school objectives in the teaching of English are:

  • to offer an exciting, stimulating and accessible curriculum.
  • to develop the skills of each child to the highest level.
  • to nurture confident children who leave school with an enjoyment of and passion for English

How Reading is Taught

Early reading in taught through daily, systematic, synthetic phonics using Letters and Sounds. The children are taught each day in phonics groups which reflect the phase of the phonics programme that they are currently working within.  

Throughout the school, each child has a regular guided reading session where a group reads a shared text, developing their skills of comprehension, prediction, summarising and evaluation.

The teaching of reading is supported by a wide range of high quality school and home reading books from reading schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree and Collins Big Cat, produced by  publishers such as 'Oxford University Press', 'Pearson' and 'Collins'

Need ideas on the next book to inspire your child to read?  Click on the link below to create a shortlist for you:

Grammar and Punctuation 

Explicit knowledge of grammar is important and key to a child's progress in both reading and writing. 

Below are some links to a range of grammar and punctuation games that you and your child can enjoy. This will help to support them in school.

Grammar web links 

At Gillibrand Primary School, we always champion reading.

Look at what you can access FREE of charge to enjoy reading with your child!

  • Free Internet access and Wi-Fi
  • E-books and audio books
  • Safe and validated sites to help with homework and study from the Learning Place
  • Great books and DVDs for children and young people
  • Events and activities taking place in libraries at weekends and during school holidays
  • 24/7 access to the digital library
  • Order the latest bestseller
  • Access to read or write your own online book review
  • Discover a world of books and stories by joining the Lancashire reading trail

All of this is available at the local library -

Year 1 Phonic Screening Check

The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1.

The check takes place in June each year and it is designed to confirm whether individual children have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

For more information click here...

Use the links below to find out about authors and the exciting books they have written...

Other free websites that your child can enjoy at home:


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