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St James

Primary School

Where children shoot for the stars and shine


  • Reading and writing are the most important skills any child will learn in their school as they will allow children to access other subjects and increase their enjoyment of learing.
  • Reading is taught using synthetic phonics throughout EYFS and Key Stage 1.
  • Through Key Stage 1 and 2 children are taught comprehension skills through real books and experiences.
  • Every class has whole class sets of books to read for enjoyment and develop vocabulary.
  • Visual Literacy plays a big part in developing reading and writing skills throughout the school.
  • Writing skills are taught using various strategies including VCOP and SUCCESS.
  • Children are encouraged to love reading and books through fun and lively texts.
  • School library is stocked with new fiction and non-fiction books and children are encouraged to change their library book every week.
  • Using Ruth Miskin Literacy (RML) synthetic phonics scheme.