Phonics and reading

Children in the Foundation Stage begin to develop their understanding of phonics using the ‘Read Write Inc’ scheme alongside other directed and child-initiated activities. All staff use the ‘Read Write Inc’ guidance to inform their planning around phonics and spelling.  Children learn and practise ‘speed sounds’, moving quickly onto blending and segmenting new words through simple reading books at the appropriate stage.  They then move onto ‘Storybook’ sessions which include phonics, reading, writing and spelling.

In addition to this, books from a number of different published schemes are organised to guide children’s progression and offer a wider range of texts than any single scheme for interest and engagement.  All children also have access to our well-stocked library for borrowing and reference.

Staff also have access to additional resources and intervention programmes such as ‘Rapid Read’ and ‘Read Write Inc’ Fast-Track and one to one tutoring to support children who may need additional help with their reading skills.