How we teach phonics

Early reading and phonics is consistently taught through the Read Write Inc (RWInc) scheme, which begins in the summer term of Nursery and progresses throughout KS1 and into KS2 where appropriate.

Prior to Nursey beginning their RWInc phonics journey, staff deliver Twinkl phonics which focuses on the skills necessary for future reading such as developing listening skills, having an awareness of rhyme and rhythm, understanding of alliteration. They enjoy singing nursery rhymes and exploring how different sounds are articulated.

For our children who may still need phonics teaching, we have intervention groups run by RWInc staff to address any gaps. If necessary, one to one sessions are provided to really focus in on any missing sounds. These children are identified through half termly assessments conducted by the Reading Lead.

Pupils progress through our RWInc reading scheme, reading both at home and at school. RWInc class reading books and 'book bag books' are provided for home reading, closely linked to current phonics teaching and learning. Children also choose a Reading for Pleasure Book which is sent home to be shared with grown ups.

How and what do the children learn?

The children:

  •          learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letters/letter groups using simple picture prompts
  •          learn to read words using sound blending, ­ read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out ­
  •          show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It' discussion questions

In Year 1, there is a National Phonics Screener Check that allows us to assess which sounds your child knows.