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"Following in the footsteps of God, the author of our life".


Here at St Dominic's we believe that reading unlocks and feeds the imagination- it offers new and exciting ways of making sense of our lives, learning new things and seeing the world around us. If we can teach a child to read, and keep them reading then opportunities are endless. 

Our aim is to instil a passion for reading and a confidence with words - written and spoken - in all our children.

Stafford Grammar Poetry Award Evening

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Take a look at St Dominic's Poetry winners from the Staffordshire Grammar Awards evening!

Stafford Grammar Poetry Award Evening

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Stafford Grammar Poetry Award Evening

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Stafford Grammar Poetry Award Evening

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Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. 


We want your child to love reading – and to want to read for themselves. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.

'All pupils must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure-house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.'

                                                                                                                       National Curriculum 2014

English Curriculum Statement


Right from the beginning of Reception, we use Read Write Inc. Phonics which is a highly successful English programme created by Ruth Miskin. All Reading Teachers at St. Dominic's have received training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department for Education, to ensure we meet our aim for all children to become confident and enthusiastic readers.


The Read Write Inc. Phonics programme is carefully matched to the curriculum, giving every child at St. Dominic's Catholic Primary the best chance of success.


Reception to Year 2 children are taught using Read Write Inc. Phonics as the main EYFS and KS1 early reading programme but it is also taught as an intervention for children in Years 3 and 4.

RWI Progression Grid


Please see the table below for expected progress term-by-term for Read Write Inc. Phonics in EYFS and KS1.


How can you support your child?

Follow the link below to read out parent booklets for more information on RWI Phonics and how you can support your child at home.