St James-the-Less Roman Catholic Primary School, Unity Way, Rawtenstall, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 8SU

01706 216190


Phonics & Reading 

St James the Less uses a variety of resources to teach reading, including the following schemes:



Read Write Inc

Letters and Sounds

Smart Kids Phonic Resources



Oxford Reading Tree (various series)

Jelly and Bear

All Aboard (Ginn)

Phonics Bugs


National Testing at Year 1 and Year 2


Children are tested in Year 1 to see if they are at a particular standard by the end of the year.  Those children who were not at the expected standard by the end of Year 1 are retested at the end of Year 2.


Results - St James the Less performs well above the national averages



Year 1 97% at the expected level



Year 1 - 90% at the expected level



Year 1 - 86.2% at the expected level