Phonics is a method of teaching reading by correlating sounds with symbols in an alphabetic writing system.





We teach Read Write Inc. as our systematic synthetic phonics scheme. This starts in Foundation Stage and runs through until Year 2 and sometimes beyond if the child has not completed the scheme.  It is the rigour and the consistency of the scheme that ultimately sees it as successful as it builds upon what pupils already know. Pupils do not move on through the programme until they have successfully embedded their learning.

Phonics is taught daily every morning and then supplemented throughout the day with short bursts of Phonics Pinny Time. This is where children are targeted to review specific sounds and embed sounds already learnt.



Every half term we complete a RWI assessment with the children and check their phonic knowledge. We then group them accordingly and track and support them carefully to ensure good progress is made.  At the end of Year 1, there is The National Phonics Screening Check. This is designed to test pupil’s ability to decode and blend words phonetically. Children are asked to read 40 words unsupported – 20 real words and 20 pseudo words. (Pseudo words e.g. gleb sprant, which can only be read phonetically). In school we call these alien words. The pass mark for this assessment is 80% (32/40).*


* Subject to change


How can I help at home?

  • Take time to share books with your children at every opportunity.
  • Allow children to read their RWI ‘bookbag’ book that matches the phonics the children are learning in school each week.
  • Sound hunts – when walking to school talk about the sound that the children have been learning and spot things that use the same sound.