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English & Reading


At Coleham Primary School, English is taught in an exciting, stimulating and enjoyable way. There are 4 main elements to the English curriculum - spoken language, reading, writing and grammar, punctuation and spelling. English at Coleham is taught mostly through a cross curricular approach but some elements are discretely taught.

Reading at home

Reading with your child is the most useful, productive, powerful and enjoyable activity to do at home that will not only help them achieve at school, but also strengthen your relationship.  That’s why we left weekly homework behind some years ago; we want to make sure EVERY child (and grown-up) at Coleham Primary School LOVES reading as much as their teachers do!

Reading with your child is a lot more than just hearing them read their school books – here are some ideas to help you and your child develop a love of reading:

  • Help them with their phonics sounds as they read
  • Read to them; model how a story should be read with exciting pitch, tone, pause, punctuation and character voice
  • Read a range of different types of text – NOT JUST THEIR SCHOOL BOOK!
  • Discuss what they are reading: ask questions about what might happen next and about what has already happened
  • Share your favourite books
  • Visit the Shrewsbury Library – IT’S FREE!
  • Make time for stories EVERY night: a routine is always good and story time can be a very special time for children and the parents/carers to share together.

Teaching Phonics

At Coleham, phonics is taught through a daily letters and sounds programme.  We understand the importance of phonics in helping your child to learn to read and write and that it is an essential part of your child's early education. In EYFS and Key Stage 1 the daily group sessions are invaluable and allow the children to prepare for the Year one phonics screening check. This is a statutory assessment where your child's phonic knowledge will be assessed.  The results of this screening check will be shared with parents and carers in July. To support our phonics teaching we use phonics play which allows the children to interact in fun games to help them learn to blend, segment and spell.  To support parents with phonics at home we normally run parent information sessions in school or provide support videos.

Please do contact your child’s teacher or the reading team if you would like any more advice about sharing reading with your child.

The Reading Team