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Read, Write, Inc (Early Reading and Phonics)

Learning to read and write is supported using the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. The programme is used throughout school from the start of reception to year 2. Read, Write, Inc reading texts are used during this lesson. For individual reading children read books from our book band levelled texts within school which contain a variety of different types of text at an appropriate reading level. 


All children have a daily phonics and reading lesson at the start of the school day, immediately after registration. This lasts for approximately 40 minutes. Children are assessed regularly and the groupings are changed to reflect need and ability. Children are grouped throughout school and the sessions are taught in small groups.


Additional intervention work is also planned and implemented for pupils requiring this.


Pupils are taught to:


  • Decode letter-sound correspondence using their phonic knowledge and skills.


  • Read ‘tricky’ / high frequency  words on sight


  • Build up a key vocabulary of words that they are able to read and spell


  • Understand what they have read


  • Read aloud with fluency and expression


As part of the programme children read books which are closely matched to their phonic knowledge and ability. They also read a range of other texts widely and often as part of their daily work in school.


All children in year 1 will take the phonics screening test in June shortly before they move to year 2 in the September of the next academic year.


Year 2 children who failed their year 1 phonics screening test will be given additional target support using the principles of the Read, Write, Inc phonics programme. These children attend the ‘phonics club’ and are also often targeted to receive additional reading support. This group of children is screened regularly and results monitored and analysed.