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Phonics and Reading

Phonics and Spelling

This year we will be using Read Write Inc. to teach phonics and spelling. This is a nationally recognised scheme and we look forward to using with all children who need access to it.  Children work through the phonic phases as appropriate and are assessed regularly.



In Reading, pupils have access to a variety of books from a range of reading schemes and including a wealth of authors to support children with their reading skills. This is because children learn to read in different ways. Schemes used in school include Bug Club, Rapid Reading, Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats Phonics, Rigby Star and Project X. Many of our reading schemes are based on phonetic decoding although they often focus on key words which can only be read by sight recognition. We even have books with no words at all so that pupils can begin to understand stories through observing the illustrations. Once the class teacher is happy with a pupil's reading and comprehension of books within a stage they will progress to the next stage.   

We believe in developing a love of reading and storytelling, and understand the importance of developing reading skills from an early age. Children are listened to by a variety of adults, including their class teacher, classroom assistants and volunteer readers. Children are able to change their own reading books once a book is completed, although they are encouraged to read a range of genres to enable them to think about the structure and features of a text type. They also have access to mobile library bus and can borrow books to share at home.

Parent Workshops


Unfortunately, it has not been possible to invite parents in for a Phonics and Reading workshop this year, due to Covid-19 restrictions.  The information in the PowerPoint from 2019 is still relevant.


As it has not been possible to invite parents in, we have used the online platform of Tapestry to support parents with the early stages of phonics.  In addition we have signed posted parents to the Read Write Inc (RWI) materials available online.

Parent Reading Workshop November 2019

How do we choose books for Story Time?


Pie Corbett is a literacy expert, who designed the Talk 4 Writing programme.  As a school we are gradually implementing this approach to deliver our English lessons.  To support this we will be using Pie Corbett's Reading Spine to choose the books we share with each class during story time.  


During the third Read Write Inc. session the children will listen to the linked text.


We love children to recommend books for other children and happily share children's suggested stories during story time.  


The idea of having a bank of stories the children know well is to build their inner kingdom of stories. Not only will this encourage children to read for pleasure but they will be able to apply some of the ideas and strategies used by the authors in their own writing.