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Phonics and Early Reading

At Stanwell Fields, we use Read Write Inc Phonics in EYFS and KS1. 

What is Read Write Inc. Phonics?

Read Write Inc. is a literacy programme designed and developed by Ruth Miskin, one of the country’s leading authorities on teaching children to read. The programme aims to create fluent readers and confident speakers.


At the start of the new academic year, each child in Reception and Key Stage 1 is assessed on their letter recognition and reading within the first few weeks. After the assessment; any gaps in phonic knowledge, comprehension, or reading fluency will be used to assign each child to their own small, exclusive group for regular sessions with a trained member of staff using Read Write Inc. methods. These groups are organised according to the children’s specific needs, and the specific sounds, letters and comprehension skills needed are taught in a secure and engaging way.


All classes enjoy five lessons of Read, Write Inc per week. As children progress through the levels, they are regularly assessed to ensure they are placed in groups most appropriate for them. 


Five key principles underpin the teaching in all Read Write Inc. sessions:


1) Participation – As they are in small groups, children participate fully in every session. They are able to maintain high levels of concentration and they do not miss key elements of the teaching.


2) Praise - Children work together as partners. They take turns to teach and praise each other. They are motivated by praise from their teachers and teaching assistants.


3) Pace - Sessions are fast paced and lively. This keeps every child fully engaged and on task.


4) Purpose - Every instructor has been trained in Read Write Inc. methods. They know the purpose of each activity, and how it leads into the next.


5) Passion - Instructors, too, become passionate about their teaching as they see the children enjoying the progress they are making.

What can you do to help?


In Reception your child will be given a set of sound cards. Children find it easier to learn to read and spell if they are taught pure sounds. You might like to watch this youtube video to make sure you are using the correct pure sounds with your child at home:


Each child will also have their own class reading book and log. To supplement the skills learnt at school your child should have opportunity to read at home too for 10 minutes per day.

For reluctant readers it might be nice to share the reading. If an adult reads the book first it will give the child confidence for when they read, as they will know what to expect in the story and they can enjoy the story with you first. Reading alternate pages together, as in Read Write Inc. lessons, takes the pressure off your child having to read for a long time.


Let your child ask you questions about the book: Which is your favourite character dad? Were you scared/happy about what happened in the book mum? This will help your child think about and verbalise answers; especially when they see you doing it too.


If your child would like to practise their letter formation, Read, Write Inc have rhymes for each of the letters to help the children shape them correctly.


We feel that the Read Write Inc. programmes will continue to make a very positive impact on the ability of our pupils to develop their reading.


Should you require any further information or to discuss any aspects of the programme, please contact your child’s class teacher or myself directly.


Many Thanks


Mrs Adams
Phonics and Early Reading Lead

Further information about RWI Phonics

 Y1 Phonics Screening Check

Information taken from theschoolrun.com:

The Phonics Screening Check is meant to show how well your child can use the phonics skills they’ve learned up to the end of Year 1, and to identify students who need extra phonics help. The Department for Education defines the checks as “short, light-touch assessments” that take about four to nine minutes to complete.

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).

We will administer the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check the week beginning Monday 8 June 2020.

Reading Books

In addition to Read, Write Inc Phonics books, we use a range of other reading books to ensure children have a wide and engaging range to choose from to develop a love of reading:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Bug Club

Further up the school, we also use books from the following schemes to support readers:

  • Rigby Star
  • Rapid Readers
  • Literacy World

Children across the school can access online books through Active Learn Primary. Our school code is SFCP and each child has their own login. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you need help with this. 

We have many other books in our class libraries and main school library and encourage children to read widely and regularly.