Christ The King RC Primary School



At Christ the King, the children have many opportunities to enjoy reading!

We know reading is a very important part of our learning. It stimulates our imagination, helps us to better understand the world and it's a lot of fun!


Upcoming Events

  •  Free online football reading quiz – win prizes and meet top writers!

    Be one of 500 schools taking part in an exclusive football reading quiz led by Jake Wilson from BBC Match of the Day magazine.

    Join Jake and Roy of the Rovers authors Tom Palmer and Rob Williams to interact, ask for shout-outs, give your answers and WIN signed copies of their books AND a football shirt from Roy’s team, Melchester Rovers!

     Sign up now to join us on 21 October at 10.30am:

  • Anti-Bullying Week with Onjali Rauf and Manchester Libraries

We will be joining a Zoom call on Thursday 18th November with author Onjali Rauf to discuss their books The Boy at the Back of The Class and The Night Bus Hero which deal sensitively with bullying. 

We love using quality texts to enhance our writing. Our children are encouraged to adopt a cursive style of handwriting.


"It's the most funniest story I've ever read. It made me laugh so much,"

           - Kryon in Y3 said about 'Dirty Bertie' by David Roberts and               Alan McDonald.

Read Manchester’s Reading Map

You may remember the reading map developed for Years 5/6 with Transport for Greater Manchester last year.  It was based on the tram map and was designed to extend and expand children’s reading choices. 

Click here to download the Read Manchester Map

Class Authors

We want to share our passion for reading and so our teachers have been doing their homework! Each year group has chosen a fantastic and inspiring author to investigate and a book of theirs to read. 

Nursery - 'Honey for You, Honey for Me' by Michael Rosen

Reception - 'What the Ladybird Heard' by Julia Donaldson

Year 1 - 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers

Year 2 - 'Ruby's Worry' by Tom Percival

Year 3 - 'Return of the Killer Cat' by Anne Fine

Year 4 - 'The Wizards of Once' by Cressida Cowell

Year 5 - 'Fox Tale' and 'War Game' by Michael Foreman

Year 6 - 'High Rise Mystery' by Sharna Jackson

 The Grand Spell

Each half term an overview of spellings are sent home. Children practise their spellings at home in order to compete in the weekly spelling test. Each week the class with the best spelling results is announced in our celebration assembly. They are encouraged to revise and revisit their previous spellings too.

At the end of the half term children participate in the Grand Spell and receive a certificate in our celebration assembly and a prize if they get full marks. It’s great fun!


If you're looking for some handy tips to help with spelling at home, please click on the links below.

Spelling Help Booklet EYFS & KS1

Spelling Help Booklet KS2

 NELI        NELI Logo

Our Reception children will be taking part in NELI assessments again this term. The programme has been found to improve children's language and early literacy skills and will be assessing their reactional and expressive skills. A report will then be created for each child and some children will then begin interventions. There will be three group sessions and three individual sessions led by a trained Teaching Assistant.


At Christ the King, we use the Read, Write Inc. programme to teach phonics in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Read, Write Inc. helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.

In Key Stage 2, children follow the National Curriculum expectations for spelling through focused activities linked to the Read Write Inc. Spelling Scheme. These include spelling activities within guided reading provision and weekly spelling lists sent home for consolidation.


"Even if you are a good writer, you can always improve. All the teachers are there to help you get better, they say it’s good to try!"

Zak, Y6

"I like it when my teacher reads us a new book. Our   favourite is Shark in the Park."

Danielle, Reception

 Home - School Reading

We see reading as an integral part of our school curriculum that impacts on all learning. We ensure that our children become confident, accomplished readers but we also support them in fostering a love of reading both during their school years and beyond.

In the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, we follow a variety of reading schemes including:

Rigby Star

Oxford Reading Tree

Big Cat Phonics

Rising Stars

Each of the books in these schemes are graded into book bands. This means that we can select books from different reading schemes that are matched to the children’s phonic level. This allows them to apply and practice the phonemes they have been taught at a level that is appropriate yet challenging for them.

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher. When you help your child learn to read, you are opening the door to a world of books and learning. We ask that you read to your child or listen to them read for at least 10 minutes every day. Reading can be a wonderful, relaxing experience and can open up a whole new world for our children!

Are you a Reading Champion this half term? 

Check out our Reading Newsletter to find out!

Useful Links

A collection of nursery songs from the Early Learning series Listen and Play and Playtime. Suitable for EYFS.

This is a great resource with lots of different games to help children in EYFS and KS1 recognise sounds and read simple words.

Tips to help support handwriting and cursive formation for EYFS and Key Stage 1.

A popular website for EYFS and KS1 as Spot the Dog has lots of games and online resources for children to make up their own stories.

Free phonics games to support your child in developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Suitable for Reception and Key Stage 1.

Free educational games aimed at children in Key Stage 1 and 2.

Lots of simple games and activities as well as guidance for parents of children from Years 1-6.

A variety of literacy based resources suitable for all abilities from EYFS to Year 6.

Boredom busting educational quizzes designed for children in Key Stage 1 and 2.

Culcheth Lane, Manchester, Lancashire M40 1LU

0161 681 2779