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St Thomas' Catholic Primary School

Truth and Courage

“Pupils at St Thomas’ Primary make rapid progress as they move through the school and achieve highly in all the subjects taught. They are exceptionally well prepared by the time they leave the school to start the next stage of their learning.”


Literacy is taught for a minimum of one hour per day. Other English activities, such as individual and group reading, extended writing, spelling and handwriting activities are also taught in addition to this. In general, Literacy lessons will involve a mixture of whole class teaching, group work and independent work. The main teaching points are consolidated in a plenary session in which pupils are given time to review, reflect, discuss and evaluate their work and learning. In Foundation Stage and Key Stage One, children will take part in a 'Read Write Inc' phonics lesson for one hour a day from Monday to Friday. Children are encouraged to take reading books home, each child is also given a Reading Diary which is taken home along with their reading book, in order to monitor the child’s progress. It is expected that any books taken home are properly cared for and a charge will be made for any lost or damaged books.

The National Curriculum

Curriculum Plan - Reading and Writing