At Christ Church Upper Armley Primary school we strive to promote in our pupils a love of reading that stays with them for the rest of their life. Through careful planning and teaching, pupils develop the appropriate skills and attitudes towards reading that will ensure they can tackle challenging texts. This is potentially one of the most powerful ways of improving academic standards in school.

We are committed to developing a reading spine that ensures pupils experience a wide range of texts and genres to meet the interests of all, as well as developing stamina and skills that will support them into adulthood.

It is our intent that children at Christ Church Upper Armley receive a high quality writing curriculum that develops confident writers and communicators who are able to effectively articulate their ideas and emotions in the wider world. We deliver varied and rich English teaching that inspires and nurtures a culture where children take pride in their writing, can write clearly and accurately across a range of genres and recognise their own potential when doing so.

We recognise that at our children have varied life experiences and the ability to read and write effectively directly impacts their life choices. We understand that reading and writing skills also have a direct impact upon progress and attainment in all areas of the curriculum and also upon a child’s self-esteem, well-being and motivation to learn. Therefore, we recognise that children need to develop a secure knowledge of the skills in English which follows a clear path of progression as they develop through the school. This is crucial for our school as we support them to become lifelong writers and readers enabling them to participate as full members of society.


Phonics is taught daily across Reception and Key Stage One using the Letters and Sounds and Phonics Bug scheme of work.  When a child has been successful with each phase from 1 to 6, they then move on to developing their awareness of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, often referred to as GPS.

Children are regularly assessed so that they are working within the appropriate phonics phase.  When a child is in Year 1 (during the month of June) the undertake the ‘Phonics Screening’ assessment to determine if they are working within at least phase 5.  If they do not meet this requirement, they will retake the assessment the following year.  
We aim to provide an English education at Christ Church Upper Armley where all children are fully literate and are able to read, write, speak and listen well.

Christ Church Upper Armley CE Primary School

Theaker Lane
LS12 3NU

Tel: 0113 263 8606

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
Registered Company Number: 07705552