Live, Love, Learn, Grow
College Road, Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 0PY
Welcome to our English subject page. Below you can find useful information such as our reading and writing curriculum, some books we think your child would love to read and information about the exciting new initiative We are Reading. If you need any information regarding the English Curriculum please contact Mrs France, English leader, using the form below. Thanks.
I have listed below some websites that are useful for children when choosing new authors / books. Reading is a fun journey for children which, once they start, can help them to become readers for life. Choosing the right author and/or book is crucial to get children excited about reading. Here are some websites to help.
www.lovereading4kids.co.uk - free to join, free opening chapters to stories to see if you like before you buy.
www.getepic.com - download the epic app on any tablet and children can enjoy ebooks for free.
www.booktrust.org.uk - helpful website which gives advice about suitable books organised by age/genre etc and will also provide you with a list of 100 books children should read before age 14.
If you have any questions about reading or need any help with choosing books, please don't hesitate to pop into school to speak to your class teacher or me.
Hope this helps.
We are excited to announce that we have been selected to take part in the We Are Reading initiative for Lancashire. We hope that this initiative will raise standards in reading across school as the profile of reading grows. We also hope that children will choose to read independently and start to form opinions about books and authors. Other aims include children having a repertoire of authors/genres they may not have necessarily picked for themselves. We hope that this love of reading will translate to other areas of the children's lives and promote a culture of reading at home, with families
Over the next 12 months, we will be hosting more reading events and will take part in the West Lancs Reading Trail. There will also be a high profile end of year event where 2 children, who have really stood out because of their love of reading, will be invited to receive a trophy (presented by an author!)
Find out more by following and liking their Facebook site at
To help children to choose new authors, the following websites are fantastic.
https://www.getepic.com/ (free ebooks via an app)
If you ever need author recommendations or help with reading, please don't hesitate to speak to us in school.
To promote a love of reading, we recommend that you listen to your child read for at least 10 minutes each day to check that they fully understand the story / book that they are reading. For older children, who are already fluent readers, it is still extremely beneficial to them to read with an adult. You could do this, with a dictionary, so that your child can look up any new vocabulary. Below is a document containing questions that you can ask your child during a reading session. They are split into categories; vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and summary/sequence (VIPERS). We use this approach to teach whole class reading in school and so your child should be familiar with the different categories and recognise the phrase VIPERS when talking about reading. Thanks for all your support at home. Mrs France.