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.


Please click the link below to have a look at the video our children made to celebrate our love of reading. This video earned our school a visit to the Velodrome to meet famous authors for the Read Manchester event. 

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

World Book Day

This year, we welcomed the children back to school with a whole week of World Book Day celebrations! Throughout the week we looked at books that make us think, laugh, dream, feel and learn. The children also took part in the very exciting 'Masked Reader' competition, trying to guess the identities of the mystery readers each day. 

Children were also invited into school dressed as their favourite character, and enjoyed 'Breakfast with a Book' in their classrooms. Well done children, you all looked fantastic!

REAL Project

Our Nursery are currently taking part in the REAL project (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) which is a family literacy initiative. The aim is to develop methods of working with parents to promote the literacy development of pre-school children. We currently have 16 families taking part in the programme and they are supported through a series of home visits which are planned for usinga highly developed framework called ORIM. The framework distinguishes various strands of early literacy and also identifies four key roles for parents whereby they can provide Opportunities, Recognition, Interaction and a Model of early literacy. Our designated REAL teacher will continue to support the children and their families throughout the year and through their first term in Reception.

 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!




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!

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