School tours available on the first Wednesday of every month. Come along for a short talk from the Headteacher followed by a tour of the school. Book your place via the School Tours page. St Scholastica’s welcomes children of all faiths and none. You do not have to be a Catholic to attend our school.


'Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.' - Joseph Addison

We believe that a high quality, English curriculum develops a children’s love of reading.

During their time at St Scholastica's,  we strive and encourage pupils to be avid readers: children who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. 

We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites.

We aim to expose our children daily to a wide range of rich, ambitious vocabulary so that they able to decipher new words and then apply them when speaking both informally and formally and when writing.

Our reading curriculum closely follows the aims of the National Curriculum for English 2014 to enable all children to:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

These aims are embedded across our reading lessons and the wider curriculum.


At St Scholastica’s Catholic Primary School we use the RWI scheme to teach phonics in Early Years and KS1. Read Write Inc (RWI) is a phonics complete literacy programme which helps children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.  

In Year One and Year Two, children follow the same format as Reception but will work on complex sounds and read books appropriate to their reading level. Daily sessions of RWI phonics last for 45 minutes.  Children also do literacy lessons to develop the writing skills and Daily Supported Reading sessions to develop their comprehension skills further.


Destination Reader

In KS2 Reading is taught through Destination Reader is a reading programme developed by Hackney Education that is extremely successful in ensuring that all children learn the key skills of a competent reader whilst also being exposed to a wide range of literature that will inspire them to read more.  These daily lessons across Key Stage 2 last approximately 45 minutes. You can download a map below which shows you the 'Core' texts that each class will study.  In addition to this, students work in small groups to read books which are matched to their current level.  Every term they complete an Accelerated Reader assessment which allows staff to pick up any children who would benefit from additional tutoring.  

For more information about Read Write Inc. please click here.
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