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Phonics & Reading

Phonics in taught daily from Nursery up until Year 2.

In school we use the Read Write Inc. program to teach phonics.

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In school we use a variety of reading books and our main schemes are; Alphablocks reading programme which ensures children are reading decodable books as they move through phonics phases, with Oxford reading tree and Rigby Star enabling children and families to share and enjoy books together.

You can follow the following links to find out more about the reading schemes:


The five principles of Read Write Inc.

1. Ensure the PURPOSE of every activity is shared with the children, so children know the ONE thing they should be thinking about.

2. Be PASSIONATE about teaching so the children are engaged emotionally.

3. Ensure phonics is taught at an effective PACE so that every moment is devoted to every moment to teaching and learning.

4. Ensure that every child PARTICIPATES throughout the lesson. Partner work is fundamental to learning.

5. PRAISE effort and progress not ability


Set 1 Group A- Set 3 Advanced Group

Set 1 Group A

This set is learning single letter sounds m, a, s, d, t, i, n, p, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e. We would hope that they have learnt these sounds by October half term


Set 1 Group B

This set is learning the rest of the single letter sounds; l, h, r, j, v, y, w, z, x Again most children will have achieved this by October half term.


Set 1 Group C 

This set sees the children blending orally. Children should be able to hear the sounds in words and orally blend them together. Again this should be achieved by October half term.


Set 2 Sounds Group

In this group, the children start to learn some digraphs (two letters that make one sound). We call these 'special friends' These sounds are ch, ng, nk, qu, sh, th . The children also start to learn alien words. These are nonsense words that make no sense but the children have to decode and blend the sounds together to say the word.


Set 3 Sounds Starter Group

The children learn some more special friends  sounds and trigraphs (three letters that make one sound) in this phase. These are ay, ee, igh, oo, ar, air, ir, ou, oy.


Set 3 Advanced Group

The remaining special friends should be learnt in this group along with split diagraphs. a-e, ea,i-e,o-e, u-e, oi,ai,oa,aw,ur,er,ire,ear,ure,ew,are,ow


Phonics Screening Check

Children in Year1 will have a Phonics Screening Check in the Summer term.  The phonics screening check is designed to confirm whether pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify pupils who need extra help to improve their decoding skills. The check consists of 20 real words and 20 'nonsense' words that a pupil reads aloud to the teacher. Parents in Year 1 are offered support and help with understanding the test and how they can best they can support their child to do their best.