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At St Luke's Halsall CE Primary School we believe that English has a pre-eminent place not only in education but also in society.  English teaches  us to speak and write fluently so that we can communicate our ideas and emotions to others, and through developing our reading and listening, we can communicate effectively with others. Through reading in particular, we have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables us  to acquire knowledge and to build on what we already know. We believe that all the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

To see what we study in more detail , please have a look at the National Curriculum for English.

In the last term of Nursery the children are introduced to the characters from the 'Oxford Reading Tree'. This is the main reading scheme we use in school, but we also use other reading schemes and resources to support the teaching of reading. In Reception class the children will be introduced to the characters of the Oxford Reading Tree if they have not previously been to our Nursery, and all children will be given a book to take home and share with parents. A guide to supporting your child with their early reading can be found above. Reading is taught in a variety of different ways and we encourage the children to try and read a variety of different reading materials both at home and at school, not just the Oxford Reading Tree. Learning to read is taught within the teaching of Phonics.  
We follow Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics.
At St Luke's Halsall we follow Letters and Sounds to teach Phonics. Nursery teach using Phase 1. Reception teach using Phase 2 and Phase 3, and where appropriate will start to introduce Phase 4. In Y1 onwards the children will be taught using Phase 2-5 depending upon their phonic ability.