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St Margaret's Primary Academy

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At St Margaret’s, we want children to love reading – and to want to read for pleasure. This is why we put our efforts into making sure they develop a love of books as well as simply learning to read.


Teaching children to read and write accurately, fluently and confidently is one the most important thing we will do.


At St Margaret's Primary Academy we teach phonics through Read Write Inc. 


Read Write Inc. programmes combine into a complete literacy programme which we run from the moment new pupils arrive in our Nursery. These programmes are designed to stimulate and challenge children’s thinking and create enthusiastic, life-long readers and writers in them all.


At St Margaret’s we recognise that children who read a lot are successful at school. Reading enriches their vocabulary, their grammar, their writing and their spelling.


The more quickly they learn to read, the more they want to read and the more they understand; the less they struggle with spelling, the more capacity they have for writing what they want to say.


Importantly, if they read and write fluently, they can draw ideas together – a key skill for effective learning at any age. Teaching children to read – and keeping them reading – are the two things that will make the biggest difference to their future.


The five key principles of the Read Write Inc. programme are:

Participation, Praise, Pace, Purpose and Passion

To these five key principles we have added our own sixth “P”, so we never lose sight of the advancements our pupils are making: Progression


We are proud to be a Read Write Inc. school.


To visit the Read Write Inc. website, please click here : Read Write Inc. Website


Read Write Inc. is an Oxford University Press teaching programme, created by Ruth Miskin, one of the UK’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. Over the last ten years, all of Ruth’s time has been devoted to developing the Read Write Inc. programme, underpinned by her unwavering belief that every child can, and must, learn to read.



In addition, across the school we use Accelerated Reader to promote reading.


The scheme involves: 

•           Every Half term your child takes a reading assessment called the “Star Reading Test” on a computer which asks your child questions to assess their reading and comprehension skills. 

•           The results produce a level of books that are suitably challenging to improve your child’s reading and comprehension skills.

•           When they have finished the book they then take an “Accelerated Reading Quiz” that asks them questions relating to the book. 

•           The computer then gives children a percentage score depending on how many questions they have got right (children are aiming for 80%). 

•           Your child then reads other books within their level, and gradually progresses onto harder books.


We are asking that you ensure your child reads every day with an adult or on their own.  It would be very helpful to your child if you ask them questions about what they have read as this will help them remember the book before they take the quiz. 


Don’t forget to sign up to the Home Connect Online Programme where you will be able to log on and view your child’s progress towards their reading target. You will also be able to see all the books that your child has read and quizzes they have taken. 

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How to Help Your Child with their Reading

Our Library

Welcome to our new look library! During the summer holidays the library has been completely refurbished with new shelving units and a seating area providing a fresher, open spaced feel. The library computers have also been relocated to individual classrooms to allow children easier access to the internet when completing research during lesson time.


Finally, we have divided the library space into two sections with a screening wall, which allows the teaching of small intervention groups to take place in a quiet environment.


We are very happy with our new library, and hope the children love it too!









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REACH2 Academy Trust

Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in country.

Registered Address: Henhurst Ridge Primary Academy Henhurst Ridge Burton-Upon-Trent DE13 9TQ Tel: 01283 246433 Email:

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