English At St Aloysius Catholic Primary School

At St Aloysius, we recognise the importance of English within our everyday lives and learning, both within and beyond the classroom. We aim to equip all pupils with the skills and ability to read, write and speak fluently and with confidence, in order for all pupils to achieve success across all areas of the curriculum. Our teaching of English is guided by the four areas of the English National Curriculum Programme of Study:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spoken Language
  • Spelling, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Voice 21

Here at St Aloysius we are proud to be a Voice 21 oracy school. We recognise and value the importance of oral communication amongst pupils and staff.  We aim to offer all pupils an oracy-rich approach to their learning across school, whilst building confidence and fluency in speech.

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Read Write Inc Overview

At St Aloysius we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy.

Read Write Inc Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.

How does RWI work at St Aloysius?

The children in EYFS and KS1 are assessed by the RWI Reading Leader (Miss Harrison) and the assessment team and then grouped according to their ability. They work in small groups with teachers and teaching assistants every day in EYFS and KS1.

At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check their progress and will be regrouped.

When using RWI to read the children will:

Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.

Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.

Learn to read words using Fred Talk.

Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.


Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets.

Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat

Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.

How can I help my child with their reading?

Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes etc).

Discuss the different features of various books.

Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared.

Explain the meaning of new words.

Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and reading a range of texts. e.g. reading and then following a recipe together

Don’t forget you don’t have to read just books, cereal packets, shopping lists, road signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers etc are useful ways to practise reading.