At Our Lady's we use the Read Write Inc. (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. This is led by Miss Briscoe. 

RWI is a method of learning centred round letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.

Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.


During RWI session children:

  • Learn to read and write the 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  • Learn to read words using sound blending 
  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes  
  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out
  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions about them 

Why does RWI work?

  • The systematic and lively programme.
  • All staff (teachers and assistants) are trained to help children succeed.
  • The children are grouped according to their reading level.
  • Children do not struggle because the work is too difficult or get bored because the work is too easy. 

Reading Books:

In Foundation Stage and at KS1 the children reinforce their reading at home by taking books from the RWI Programme or from Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.

Parent Information:

Click Here for a guide to the sentences we use to help children recall and remember the sounds they are learning.

Click on the video's below for more Read Write Inc. information.


Useful phonics websites

Here are a few websites that you might like to explore with your child:

Phoneme pop! - the sounds/letters drift by on bubbles and your child has to pop the matching sound!

Letters and sounds initial sound game - this game lets your child reveal a sound/letter and then try to find the picture that starts with the same sound.

Phonics play - there are several free games to play that will help your child with their blending and segmenting.

Teach your monster to read - create an account for your child to practise/learn reading skills through a fun game.




We do expect all children to wear our school uniform every day, unless informed otherwise. Nail varnish/acrylic nails should not be worn and earings should be one pair of small studs only. Earings should not be worn on PE days for health and safety reasons. If studs cannot be removed, please tape up the earings before school.

Our uniform consists of a bottle-green sweatshirt or cardigan with our logo on, white polo shirt, grey or black school trousers, skirt or pinafore dress. Jeans should not be worn. In the summer, girls may also wear green checked summer dresses. Footwear should be black school shoes or trainers. Boots should not be worn inside school. Zipped front fleece jackets are also available to buy.

Please be aware that we will change children into spare uniform if they come to school without.

All children need a regulation PE kit. This should be a pair of plain black sports shorts or leggings and a plain white T shirt, along with a pair of black pumps. Children will also need an outdoor PE kit, consisting of plain black jogging bottoms and black trainers. The PE kit is part of our school uniform and children should look smart at all times. Children should come to school in their PE kit on the days their class has PE or if they attend a sports after-school club. On days your child has Forest School, they should wear their outdoor PE kit. School sweatshirts/cardigans should be worn over PE kit on days your child has PE/club/Forest School.

Uniform can be bought from Term Time Wear, St John’s Road, Huddersfield or Natasha’s, Buxton Way, Huddersfield. Good quality second hand uniform can be obtained free of charge from the Uniform Exchange scheme. Please speak to Mrs Heywood or Mrs Mellor for more information, or to make a request. We are also grateful for donations of outgrown uniform.



Please make sure you name all your child’s clothing.                                                          

Click on the links below to go to useful websites:

APC Clothing