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We love reading at our school. We believe it is the core of children’s learning and well being.  At Holy Trinity CE Primary, reading is taught discreetly and applies every day across all subjects.


·         Guided Reading
·         Phonics
·         Literacy Lessons
·         Home reading books
·         Cross Curricular (All subjects)


Guided reading
We have daily Guided Reading sessions in all classes. We have a dedicated slot every day for Guided Reading, independent reading and post learning tasks.
We have lots of books to choose from within our Guided Reading schemes at Holy Trinity CE Primary, our core reading schemes are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star and Rigby Rocket, however we have other schemes which enable children to read a variety of genres in a much wider context.


Reading for Pleasure
Reading for pleasure is also an important part of our school as this gives children an opportunity to experience the joy of reading. The children also have opportunities to visit the school library and take books out. Children enjoy this as it gives them an opportunity to read stories to each other and discuss their favourite authors.


Reading Buddies
We have ‘Reading Buddies’ lunchtime clubs. Year 6 and Year 4 children read with younger children and help them to apply all of the strategies they are learning to read unknown words by segmenting and blending.

The older children teach the younger children to talk about the text and the illustrations and ask questions to see if the younger children understand what they are reading. This helps to develop everyone’s reading confidence!


Children visit the library regularly to choose books that they enjoy. There is a range of fantastic fiction and non-fiction books to choose from.

We have been focusing on developing the children’s knowledge of authors and creating a reading environment for all children to enjoy.


Reading across the Curriculum
We enjoy using our reading skills in every lesson and teachers provide opportunities for children to do so in all subjects.  In every class there is a book corner filled with books to support curriculum topics and for children to enjoy.


If you would like to know more about reading at Holy Trinity CE primary School, feel free to contact us and we will be able to give you more information.


Teaching Phonics – Read Write Inc.

At Holy Trinity, we use Read Write Inc. (RWI) to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing.


Read Write Inc Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred on learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words.  The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.


How does RWI work at Holy Trinity?

All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, plus some children in Y3 and Y4 who have not yet passed their phonics screening are assessed by the RWI lead (Mrs Doughty) and grouped according to their ability.


They work in small groups with teachers and teaching assistants every day from 9.00am.

At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again.  In addition to Read Write Inc., children will also be working on writing skills and storytelling in their classes with their own class teacher.


When using RWI to read the children will:


  • Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.
  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.
  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk.
  • Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
  • Show that they understand the stories by answering discussion questions.


When using RWI to write the children will:


  • Spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into working out what they want to write.
  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups, which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes).
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.
  • Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences.
  • Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.
  • Compose stories based on picture strips.
  • Write simple sentences