St Alban's Catholic Primary School

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Early Reading

Our St. Alban's Reading Promise 


Every child to learn to read - whatever their needs, whatever their background.


We are committed to ensuring that all children learn to read as quickly as possible at St. Alban's. We want to make sure that no child slips through the net and that is why we use the 

Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme.


It is a Department for Education validated, systematic synthetic phonics programme with a wholeschool approach to teaching early reading and writing, designed to ensure progress for every child, in every primary school. It has proven success in all types of schools, including those with high numbers of children with SEND and those in the least privileged areas.


Our teachers have been trained by the 'Ruth Miskin Training' team. We have regular meetings with our trainer to ensure we are supported to help every child to learn to read - whatever their needs, whatever their background. Read Write Inc. teachers learn how to inject their lessons with energy and enjoyment, from teaching the first sounds to developing fluency and comprehension and engaging children in the best stories that reflect all children’s lives.


Children learn to read sounds and blend them into words. They apply this phonic knowledge to read and comprehend Storybooks that are carefully matched to the sounds they know. Children learn to read these books with a storyteller’s voice. The aim of Read Write Inc. Phonics is for children to learn to read early. By the end of term 2 in Year 2 children are able to read stories at over 100 words per minute. If they are not meeting their targets the children are given intervention and one-to-one tutoring to ensure they catch up.


They also learn how to form letters using mnemonics to help them. They learn to spell correctly using their Fred fingers. And they learn to compose their own writing - drawing upon ideas from the story they’ve just read. Everything knits together: The phonics supports the reading and writing; The reading supports the writing, the writing supports the reading. That’s why Ruth Miskin called it Read Write Inc.