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Reading (inc. Phonics)
Our pupils learn to read and write effectively and quickly using the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme.
The programme is for:
- pupils in Year R to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
- any pupils in Years 2, 3 and 4 who need to catch up rapidly.
In Read Write Inc. Phonics pupils:
• Decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic
knowledge and skills
• Read common exception words on sight
• Understand what they read
• Read aloud with fluency and expression
• Write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
• Spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
• Acquire good handwriting.
In addition, we teach pupils to work effectively with a partner to explain and consolidate what
they are learning. This provides the teacher with opportunities to assess learning and to pick
up on difficulties, such as pupils’ poor articulation, or problems with blending or alphabetic
We group pupils homogeneously, according to their progress in reading rather than their
writing. This is because it is known that pupils’ progress in writing will lag behind progress in
reading, especially for those whose motor skills are less well developed.
In Year R we emphasise the alphabetic code. The pupils rapidly learn sounds and the letter
or groups of letters they need to represent them. Simple mnemonics help them to grasp this
quickly. This is especially useful for pupils at risk of making slower progress. This learning is
consolidated daily. Pupils have frequent practice in reading high frequency words with
irregular spellings – common exception words.
We make sure that pupils read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge
of phonics and the common exception words. This is so that, early on, they experience
success and gain confidence that they are readers. Re-reading and discussing these books
with the teacher supports their increasingly fluent decoding.
Alongside this, the teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to pupils;
they are soon able to read these texts for themselves.
Embedding the alphabetic code early on means that pupils quickly learn to write simple
words and sentences. We encourage them to compose each sentence aloud until they are
confident to write independently. We make sure they write every day.
Pupils write at the level of their spelling knowledge. The quality of the vocabulary they use in
their writing reflects the language they have heard in the books the teacher has read to
them; they have also discussed what the words mean.
Our aim is for pupils to complete the phonics programme as quickly as possible. The sooner
they complete it, the sooner they will be able to choose books to read at their own interest
and comprehension level.
For more information about Read Write Inc. and how you can help at home, please go to
To find out how to pronounce the sounds your children learn in school watch this clip: