St Mary's Catholic Primary School


David McCabe

Russell Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1QL



We teach phonics using the Read, Write,Inc scheme from Reception to Year Two in order that our pupils are equipped with the technical skills to decode and spell as confidently as possible.  (More information about the Read, Write Inc structure for teaching phonics can be found on: 

Reading packs are given to support the application of these reading skills.  The teaching of reading and spelling and grammar continues in Key Stage Two, following the National Curriculum requirements but, wherever possible, are taught in a meaningful way. In addition, all children throughout the school enjoy a group session focusing on the teaching of strategies for comprehension and vocabulary building with their class teacher on a weekly basis.  (Further information on St. Mary’s approach to reading can be found in the power-point presentation). Once children are fluent and confident readers, they can select books from class libraries to ensure daily reading is taking place at home. 

We are fortunate to have a well-stocked school library from which pupils can borrow books and we also actively encourage our families to use public libraries to broaden the reading experiences of our pupils outside of the school setting.