English at Sherdley

Mrs Fleming is the school lead for English.




Reading at Sherdley is really important. We see the value in reading something for pleasure everyday.

We have been working hard to improve the reading corners in each classroom so that the children have somewhere they can go and enjoy reading a wide variety of books.

Our reading scheme

In KS1, the children follow Book Band colours which correlate to the stages of the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Children in Reception start with Lilac and Pink books and throughout KS1, the children move through the stages reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts.

In KS2, the children continue to follow the Oxford Reading Tree stages until they complete Stage 16. At this stage, the children will have read a wide variety of fiction texts including classic novels, myths and legends, fantasy and science-fiction. They will also have read non-fiction texts about a range of different topics.

After Stage 16, the children are able to choose 'Free Readers'. These can be chosen from school reading areas or they may prefer to read books which they have at home. We encourage the children to read books by different authors as it enables them to pick up new vocabulary which they can use within their own writing. If you are unsure as to which authors would be appropriate for your child, please see your child's class teacher.

Listening to your child read at home

Sometimes it can be really difficult to know what questions to ask your children when you're listening to them read. We have included some suggested questions - please see the attached files. 



In our school, we understand the importance of our pupils being able to write well.

From some of our youngest pupils in Nursery and Reception to our oldest pupils in Year 6, we do writing across the curriculum for lots of different reasons.

These are some of the things we write:

stories                       poems                    letters                       diary entries                 discussions


recounts                    instructions            descriptions              playscripts          newspaper reports



In the 2014 National Curriculum, the Government have specified particular words which they believe it is important for children to be able to spell at different ages. There are suggested words for Years 1 and 2 but word lists provided for Years 3 and 4; Years 5 and 6. These word lists are available by clicking on the links on this page. Please practise these words at home with your children and encourage your children to use these words within their writing: in their homework and school work.

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Contact the School

Sherdley Primary School

Mill Lane
St Helens

Main Contact: Mrs M White/Mrs H Smith/Mr L Bathgate - Office Administrator / Mrs A Duncan - School Business Manager

Tel: 01744 678683
Fax: 01744 678684

SEN Contact: Mrs K Bennett