Reading and Phonics

Reading and Phonics

How we teach reading

Read Write Inc. Phonics and Reading  programme

Here at Gawsworth Primary School, we put our efforts into ensuring that our children develop a life-long love of books, as well as simply learning the mechanics of reading.

Learning to read is the most important thing that our children will learn. All other learning depends on it, so we put as much effort and enthusiam as we possibly can into making sure that every child learns to read as quickly as possible.  

Here at Gawsworth Primary School, we use Read Write Inc Phonics/Reading - why not take a look at our school video for parents/carers about our phonics and reading by clicking here: School Phonics and Reading Video

Read, Write Inc is a tried and tested, highly successful phonics programme for children aged 4 to 7 who are learning to read and write. It teaches children how to both decode and understand written language to become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. This is achieved by a dynamic approach to teaching phonics that is consistent across the school using the Read, Write Inc phonics resources and fully decodable reading books.

Children are grouped according to their ability in Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that teaching is matched to their level. Phonics in EYFS and Key Stage 1 takes place on a daily basis. 


Shared Reading forms part of the daily phonics lessons and is led by the reading teachers. All texts are linked to the child's phonic ability. Children enjoy one focus text per week and learning activities support accurate and fluent reading to facilitate comprehension. In addition, children take two fully decodable reading books home to further practise skills learnt at school. These books are matched to each child's phonics ability and are closly monitored by the reading teachers to ensure that children are reading books of an appropriate level. Each child also selects a book of their choice to share at home. 

How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to the children in the Reception class. This means that they learn how to ‘read’ the sounds (phonemes) in words and how those sounds can be written down (graphemes). This is essential for reading, but it also helps children learn to spell accurately.

We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Once the children have learnt to blend accurately, they start to read with fluency. This is achieved through speedy reading of individual words and repeated reads of their shared reading books. 'Tricky' words (red words) such as 'I', 'said' and 'to' are not phonetically decodable and these are taught explicitly as part of the reading session.  To develop the child's love of stories, we have dedicated story times across all Key Stages. The teachers read to the children so that they get to know a variety of stories, poetry and information books. They acquire new vocabulary through our word aware teaching, which focuses on embedding new words into their authographic memory. 


Image result for freddy phonic rwiRead, Write Inc. has 5 underlying principles – the five Ps:                   

  • PACE – no time is wasted during teaching sessions! Children are active and involved in a fun and creative way. The aim is for the children to complete the programme as quickly as possible.
  • PRAISE – teachers praise the children constantly throughout the teaching sessions. Children learn more quickly when they are praised for what they do well, rather than nagged for what they do wrong. The children are encouraged to praise each other and as a school we have developed several ‘Praise Phrases’ and ‘Praise actions’. Ask your child to demonstrate!
  • PURPOSE – each activity has a very clear purpose. The teacher will set this purpose at the beginning of the lesson so that the children know exactly what they will be learning.
  • PARTICIPATION – all children take part in all parts of the lesson. Full participation is gained through partner work and choral response.
  • PASSION – as a staff we are passionate about our teaching and the benefits of the Read, Write Inc. programme! We love teaching the sessions and this enthusiasm rubs off onto the children.

Useful Links
This website provides information about the national Bookstart scheme and the Bookstart packs that your child will receive as a baby, a toddler and at age three to four. It also gives information about sharing books with your child. You can find out about Bookstart events in your area, which you can attend with your child.

What can I do to help?

Below are some videos to support parents with the way we teach phonics.




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Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, Cheshire, SK11 9QU

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