Reading and Writing

Reading
 
St Catherine’s we follow the Read Write Inc. approach to teaching reading and phonics, supplemented with additional reading materials. Our approach is systematic, consistent and rigorous in order that all children become readers as quickly as possible.
 

The alphabetic code is taught first with children learning new sounds and practising pronouncing and blending these sounds on a daily basis. This starts in the Pre-School. Simple mnemonics help the children grasp the letter sounds quickly. Then we match the sounds pupils know to the books they read. Children will hear lots of other stories in school thus increasing their story knowledge and vocabulary.  

We teach pupils to:

 

  • decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
  • read ‘tricky’ words on sight
  • understand what they read
  • read aloud with fluency and expression
  • write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
  • spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
  • acquire good handwriting.
 
 
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