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St James's Catholic Primary School

St James's Catholic Primary School

‘Put out into the deep’


► "The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment." National Curriculum 2014 


"Read Write"


► At St. James’s, children are introduced to phonics using a systematic synthetic phonics programme using Ruth Miskin’s ‘Read Write Inc.’



Children who read regularly or who are read to regularly have the opportunity to open the doors to so many different worlds! More importantly, reading will give your child the tools to become independent life-long learners.


At St. James’s we believe that reading is of central importance in enabling children to access learning, broaden their educational experiences and deepen their knowledge of the world. We aim to nurture in each child a love of books and develop a growing ability to read fluently, confidently and with understanding, not only to improve and extend each child’s skills but also for pleasure.


► At St. James’s we understand the role that reading plays in developing writers and the value of being immersed in high quality literature.


Therefore, we believe that a well-chosen text provides rich language models and structures from which children can learn how writing works and the effect it can have on a reader. By choosing texts that are rich in vocabulary, this enables children to comprehend beyond their own reading fluency level. With a rich diet of quality texts and enriching experiences children will be able to find their own reasons to write.




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