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The English Curriculum embraces all the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. We aim to instill in children a love of reading and help them develop fluency, accuracy, understanding and discrimination through a range of subjects and learning opportunities.


The school has a core structured reading scheme (predominantly Oxford Reading Scheme) and teachers also have access to a variety of different schemes. When pupils have gained fluency in reading considerable attention is paid to developing higher order reading skills e.g. skimming, scanning, distinguishing fact from opinion, retrieval skills etc.




There has been a huge shift in the past few years in how we teach reading in UK schools. This is having a big impact and helping many children learn to read and spell. Phonics is recommended as the first strategy that children should be taught in helping them learn to read. It runs alongside other teaching methods such as Guided Reading and Shared Reading to help children develop all the other vital reading skills and hopefully give them a real love of reading.

The School values the contributing role that phonics plays in the development and understanding of reading. There are 7 phases, the first starting in Nursery. Phonics is taught in classes daily and children build on previous phases in KS1 and some in KS2.

The children undertake phonics screening in Y1 (usually June) which gives the school/parents information about the children's understanding of phonics.



We have a Home Reading Scheme in which parents play an important part.

We use our “Story sacks” to promote enjoyment of reading and is supported by Nursery and Reception parents in helping their children in the early stages.


All pupils are given opportunities to communicate in speech and writing across the whole curriculum and to develop the ability to communicate confidently.


Each class has its own fiction library. A wide range of non-fiction books are available and there are two main libraries situated in KS1 and KS2- both encouraging/promoting a love for reading and learning

Knotty Ash School works closely with Liverpool school improvement team. They have produced a number of plans that schools can use to support learning in the classroom. The Attached documents gives you additional curricular information.


Picture 1 Gorgeous Grammar Group!