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Early Reading

Early Reading at St. Raphael's School


Reading is fundamental to education and vital to pupils' success. At St. Raphael's, we are committed to raising the standards of literacy for all, and understand that children becoming fluent and engaged readers from the earliest age will have the greatest impact on their future academic achievement, well-being and success in life. 


We have made a document that encompasses much of what we do here at St. Raphael's - please take a look below. 

Phonics at St. Raphael's

At St. Raphael's, we use the Read Write Inc. approach to teach Phonics. 


Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.


They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.


Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.

Help for Parents

Which sounds will my child be learning - and when?