Reading is essential for a child’s success and helps to develop their language and literacy skills.   We are committed to ensuring that every child is reading by the age of six.

We ensure this by using an early reading programme called Read Write Inc. The programme is a phonics programme which rapidly teaches children to learn phonics and be able to decode words in order to read.  We use the highly successful Read Write Inc. Phonics programme to teach our children to read, write and spell and by Year 2, the majority are fluent readers with the best chance of success.

Information for Parents

Ruth Miskin have a number of helpful videos for parents on their website to show you how we teach children to read and write with Read Write Inc Phonics.

Read Write Inc is for:

  • children in Reception to Year 2 who are learning to read and write
  • any children in Years 2 and 3 who need to catch up rapidly.

We teach children to:

  • decode letter-sound correspondences quickly and effortlessly, using their phonic knowledge and skills
  • read ‘tricky’ 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

Each day, across the Trust, Read Write Inc lessons take place – with no interruptions! We group children based on their phonic knowledge which ensures that children are challenged at the correct level and make rapid progress.

We make sure that children read books that are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and the ‘tricky 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 children; they are soon able to read these texts for themselves.

Embedding the alphabetic code early on means that children 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.

Children write at the level of their spelling knowledge, that is, they use their knowledge of the alphabetic code and the tricky words they have learnt. They can soon spell more complex words confidently and accurately. 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.

Best of all, the programme is fun! Children learn to read with the help of Fred Frog, partner work and high levels of participation! The children love the sessions and we celebrate our achievements with cheers such as: Fireworks, Round of a Claws, Ketchup Clap, Happy Feet and Bubble Claps! We even make up our own!

Our aim is for children 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 which enables them to become a fully independent and fluent reader