Curriculum Overview

Great importance is placed on English and classes throughout the school have a daily English lesson with further extension lessons as appropriate.

We encourage children to develop a range of skills, which include speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Phonics is taught daily in four mixed-age groups for children in Reception to Year 3 using the “Letters and Sounds” scheme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. Phonics is also taught using a range of reading materials throughout school. Staff and helpers read with children in school. We encourage children to read with parents at home too.

We follow a set route for the order of sounds to be learned and used to blend together to make words. Please click the links on the left to find out more about the six overlapping phases.

Click here for Letters and sounds.com Resources and games for each phase are available from here

Throughout school we operate a levelled scheme of reading for all children which is comprised of a variety of published reading schemes. We encourage children to become ‘free readers’ at an age appropriate for each individual, so that they can learn to make informed reading choices and find books that they will enjoy. We are truly a ‘reading school’ that works hard to foster a lifelong love of reading.

Children are taught to write for a variety of purposes, from recording information to expressing themselves creatively. Spelling, grammar, punctuation and handwriting are taught and pupils are encouraged to apply their knowledge to their written work.

Contact Us

Westhead Lathom St James

C of E Primary School

School Lane




L40 6HL

Phone: 01695 574 078