Early Reading and Phonics

Read Write Inc

We teach phonics using a scheme called Read Write Inc.  It is a fun and engaging way to teach Phonics.  Read Write Inc teaches children the sounds they need in order to be able to read and write. We do this through the use of lots of games, call and respond activities and through the regular repetition of seeing the letters (graphemes) and hearing, then practising saying, the sounds (phonemes). 

Year R children start their learning of phonics with a daily 20 minute session which extends to 30 mins per day as they develop their skills.

In Year 1 our children are taught phonics in RWI groups for 30 minutes, and have whole class sessions to support their Literacy development. Depending on what the children need to focus on next this could be another session focused on RWI, to ensure all children have seen and heard all the sounds they need to have heard over the year, or could move into a session focused more on writing. Writing sessions are closely guided and supported by the Class Teacher. 

For more information on Read Write Inc. or how to support your child at home please visit the website here.

Follow these links to find out more information about Read Write Inc. for parents/carers:

What is RWI Phonics?

An introduction to daily RWI lessons

How to say the sounds

How to teach Set 1 Sounds

What is blending?

How to support independent blending  

Free resources to support your child’s phonics at home


How can I help my child?

There are a number of things that parents can do to support early reading development:

  • Let your child see you enjoy reading yourself. They are influenced by you and what you do!
  • Immerse your child in a love of reading
  • Make time for your child to read their school book to you
  • With all books, encourage your child to ‘sound out’ unfamiliar words and then blend from left to right rather than looking at pictures to guess

If you have any questions please contact Mrs Wood or your child’s class teacher.

Here are some useful websites which have fun games for your child to play at home:

Phonics Play 

Family Learning 

ICT Games 

Top Marks 

BBC Bitesize 


Year 1 Phonics check

In Year 1 all children will take a statutory phonics check.  Please read the information below and if you have any questions please ask Mrs Wood or your child’s class teacher.

What is the phonics screening check?

The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 to all Year 1 pupils and is a quick and easy check of your child’s phonics knowledge.  

It comprises of a list of 40 words and nonsense words. It will assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through Reception and Year 1. Your child will read one‐one with a teacher. Your child will read up to 4 words per page and they will probably do the check in 10‐15 minutes. They will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend the sounds together. The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

How will the results from the screening be used?

You will be informed of your child’s progress in phonics and how he or she has done in the screening check, towards the end of the summer term.  Your child’s teacher will use the score to help your child progress.  If your child does fall below the pass mark, then they will be given some extra support to re-take the test in Year 2.

For more information about the screening check, click here.