Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'



At Castle Primary School reading is at the heart of our curriculum.  From the moment our pupils enter school in Foundation Stage, they are introduced to the magic of books.  This enjoyment and love of books and reading is encouraged throughout their journey at Castle Primary School, to support the children with all of their future learning and life opportunities.  Our school environment and our reading curriculum has been developed with this in mind.  


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.

The school follows the Read Write Inc Phonics, reading and spelling programmes and children have daily lessons to develop their reading skills from the beginning of Reception Class, through to Year 2 and for any children in years 3-6 who may need a bit of additional support with the decoding of words.

Read Write Inc have a useful parents’ section on their website with videos which show how we teach children to read and write with Read Write Inc. Phonics.

There are also some helpful guides and resources on the Oxford Owl website.


The below documents provide further information and guidance about reading within school and how you as parents and carers can support your child with reading outside of school.


Read Write Inc

Read Write Inc. Set 1 Sounds

Set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds

Phonics Home Learning - Use your phone to scan the QR code on the camera app and it will take you to a video where your child can practice their phonics!


At Castle Primary School we are committed to developing confident independent writers with a rich and varied vocabulary.  From Foundation through to Year 6, children have daily writing opportunities to practise and develop their skills as writers.