Throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, reading is taught explicitly through the Read, Write Inc. Synthetic Phonics Scheme (RWI) as well as in a 1:1 context. This programme focuses on teaching children to read, understanding what they have read and applying this to their writing.

Children take part in daily Phonics lessons, learning the common sounds in the English language, how to sound-blend words for reading and at the same time they develop skills in spelling. They progress to read and comprehend exciting storybooks containing sounds that have been taught so that they can achieve early success in reading. Children are grouped according to ability so that the lessons address their needs. 

An important element of the Read Write Inc. approach is that practice across the school is completely consistent and it is our aim to train every member of staff so that all children can be supported to become fluent readers. 

A new sound is taught to the children every day and the sound is put into context with a book that all the children will read in the session. The children’s comprehension skills are developed throughout with questions linked to the books and through adult led guided reading sessions.

The ideal next step for children who have completed Read, Write Inc. Phonics is the Comprehension programme which develops children’s fluency and comprehension. Each module has specially written texts (one fiction and one non-fiction) that develop children’s ability to summarise, infer and retrieve information quickly, as well as improving their writing through their developing vocabulary, grammar and spelling activities.