St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Subject Leader - Mrs L Gill and Miss M Harrison (Reading Shadow)



At St. Pius X Catholic Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills. Through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively through spoken and written language and equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.

Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning. Literacy enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development, it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.

We aim for all children to develop a love of and enthusiasm for the English language. Our vision is that all children become confident, fluent readers and writers, with an understanding of a variety of texts and genres. We aim for all children to develop an interest in books and to read for enjoyment.



Long Term Planning

Click here: English Year 1-Year 6

Click here: Non-Fiction Coverage Year 1-Year 6 


"All the secrets of the world are contained in books. Read at your own risk."  Lemony Snicket

At St Pius X, reading is at the heart of everything we do. We know that to be the best we can be, we need to be the best readers we can be! We do this in lots of ways...

Reading Scheme

In early years and KS1 our reading scheme is inline with the phonics phases the currently working at. The reading scheme mainly consists of: Bug Club Phonics, Big Cat Letters and Sounds, Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales, Floppy Phonics and Smart Kids Letters and Sounds. 

Reading at Home

Here are the type of questions you could ask your child about their book. It will give them a greater understanding of what they are reading. It would be useful if you could comment in their reading record which questions you have asked and if they were able to reply. Click here for more information.

Throughout the school we use 'book banding'.  This allows us to use many different schemes as well as texts from new and old, exciting and relevant authors, ensuring that your child experiences a vast wealth of authors and genres.  In doing this we provide enjoyment, cross curricular learning as well as learning the skills of reading.

Book banding also allows children to control their own reading targets as they strive to reach the next colour band and unlock a whole new library of richer texts.