Communication & Language
Good language and communication skills are essential to a child’s development. Without adequate mastery of these skills, children will experience difficulties throughout their time in school and in later life.

English lessons include reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening. These skills are obviously required for and reinforced through other subjects in the curriculum.


Learning to read with fluency and understanding is absolutely essential for your child to embark upon a lifelong journey of education.

In recent years, all schools have taught reading based on a structured programme of ‘synthetic’ phonics – this is an approach to reading whereby early skills are based on phonetic word building and ‘sounding out’. We teach reading and writing to infant children through a scheme called Read Write Inc. This scheme combines the teaching of phonics, reading and early literacy skills in a highly structured and integrated approach.

Junior children then build on these skills to develop accuracy and maturity in written work, grammar and reading comprehension through a linked scheme called Literacy and Language.

We use Oxford Reading Tree as the basis for our take-home reading scheme.


Read Write Inc Model School
From September 2014, St Gabriel’s was awarded ‘Model School’ status for our delivery of Read Write Inc Phonics in the Infants. This is a considerable achievement and reflects not only the dedication and hard work of our staff, but the progress of our children.

As a Model School, we receive visits from other school leaders who want to observe lessons and discuss the development of Literacy teaching in their own schools.

Please click here for further information on Read Write Inc, including video clips for parents which explain more about the scheme, show how to teach phonics and demonstrate how to pronounce pure sounds.

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Click here to view the DfE Programmes of Study for English