We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident readers and writers by learning key phonetic knowledge and applying these to the segmenting and blending of words. Through small incremental steps we build phonetic knowledge systematically using validated synthetic phonics programmes . All children in Reception and Year 1 have daily, dedicated phonics lessons which are delivered through a consistent, effective teaching structure.
We use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics programme to teach phonics in a rigorous, systematic way. It helps all children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling. The main programme is designed for children aged 4-7. If children require access to phonics after this, they will continue to do so, usually receiving targeted phonics interventions.
Pupils work within ability groups which are defined by their progress on the RWI phonic assessments. Pupils are assessed every 6-8 weeks so groups can be reorganised accordingly.
Which sounds do we teach?
Read, Write, Inc. has three sets of sounds (Set 1, 2 and 3). Set 1 begins with single sounds (a-z) and some ‘special friends’ (two letters that make one sound ,e g. 'sh' ) sh th ch qu ng nk ck
Set 2 introduces more special friends (e.g. 'ay', 'ee', 'igh').
Set 3 is the final set of sounds taught and introduces more special friends (e.g 'aw', 'ure') as well as chatty friends (e.g a-e, i-e).
In order to help the children remember the sound each one has a matching rhyme (for example, 'ay' - ‘May I play?’) and an image. It is essential that sounds are said correctly. Make sure they say sounds like ‘mmm’, not letter names like ‘em’ or with a uh at the end 'muh'.
How to say the sounds
The sounds are displayed at the back of your child's learning log.
How we teach children to blend
How we teach complex sounds
Year 1 Screening Check