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Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. 


We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


'All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.'

National Curriculum 2014




Making a Strong Start using Read Write Inc.


Right from the beginning of Reception, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics, which is a highly successful English programme created by Ruth Miskin. All Reading Teachers at St. Filumena's have received training and support from Ruth Miskin Training - rated Outstanding by the Department for Education - to ensure we meet our aim for all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers. 


The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the curriculum, giving every child at St. Filumena's Catholic Primary the best chance of success. Reception to Year 2 children are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics as the main reading programme but it is also taught as an intervention for older children, where necessary. Once children complete the RWI reading program in Year 2, they join the Accelerated Reading programme for home reading, which is carefully guided by the class teacher.


How can you support your child?

During the academic year, we will hold regular parent workshops for early reading. We also have more information on the individual class pages.


For further information and tutorials on how to support your child learning to read from Ruth Miskin, go to