Phonics is taught using the Read, Write, Inc programme.

A Phonics Information Pack for parents can be downloaded from the attachment below.


At St Robert Southwell, we believe that the ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners.  Reading is central to our ability to understand, interpret and communicate with each other and the world around us.  Success in reading has a direct effect upon progress in all areas of the curriculum. We want to enable children to become enthusiastic, independent and reflective readers across a wide range and types of literature, including different text types, genres, books, posters, magazines, signs and newspapers.


Our aims are for all children at St Robert Southwell is to:

  • Read with enjoyment across a range of genres
  • Become fluent, confident and expressive readers
  • Read for pleasure as well as for information
  • Read and respond to a wide range of different types of literature
  • Understand the layout and how to use different genres and text types;
  • Understand and apply their knowledge of phonics and spelling patterns and use this to decode words with accuracy
  • Build their bank of sight words to enable fluent reading
  • Have an interest in words and their meanings, developing a rich and varied vocabulary;
  • Understand and respond to literature drawn from a range of cultures and literary heritage.

We aim to develop, through our teaching of reading, the following attitudes:

  • Curiosity and interest
  • Pleasure and thoughtfulness
  • Critical appraisal
  • Independence;
  • Confidence
  • Perseverance
  • Respect for other views and cultures
  • Reflection.