English - Phonics and Reading


Reading is central to a child’s understanding of the school curriculum and is of vital importance in life. Fluent readers can access a full range of life experiences and can enjoy an amazing breadth of genres and writers. Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at Rockcliffe CE School. 

At Rockcliffe CE School, we aim to develop a love and appreciation of reading which will stay with children for life. We hope to achieve this through careful planning and teaching using up-to-date strategies. Listening to a child read is simply not enough; rather we use high quality reading materials and resources within English lessons to provide high quality learning opportunities.

Good reading is an essential life skill.

At Rockcliffe CE School, we use Read, Write Inc. Phonics.


What is Read, Write Inc. Phonics?

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Once a child has mastered the mechanics of reading and can read independently, decoding, understanding and with fluency we continue to widen and strengthen their reading comprehension through the use of VIPERS.

What are Vipers?

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.

VIPERS stands for






Sequence or Summarise


Research shows that reading for pleasure is THE key indicator in raising attainment and a positive marker of pupils' future success.

Termly book swaps enable children to bring in a book from home that they have read and take away a nearly new one to enjoy. 

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We have a willing team of school librarians and children are encouraged to choose from a range of high quality literature.


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World Book Day 2022

A great day has been had by all, Thursday 3rd March 2022...World Book Day.  It was lovely to get back to how things used to be and have a day where we could all be together celebrating as a whole.  We came to school dressed as our favourite adjective and there were lots of clever ideas - it was lovely to see you all dressed as you!  Earlier in the week we ran an Extreme Reading Competition and there were some great entries, you were all much braver than me! Friends of Rockcliffe ran a book swop and many of the teachers and adults commented on how lovely it was to hear 'book talk' and it was very exciting being able to buy a new book!  A fantastic day, spreading the enjoyment and power of reading, roll on next year!

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September 2022

We launched the introduction of our new phonics programme, Read Write Inc. this week and we invited parents in to parent information sessions where we showed them the resources and talked to them about the importance of phonics and how they can support their child at home. We will run further sessions in November 2022. 

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