We teach reading through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme

Learning to read is the most important thing your child will learn at our school. Everything else depends on it, so we put as much energy as we possibly can into making sure that every single child learns to read as quickly as possible. We want your child to love reading - and to want to read for themselves.  

How will my child be taught to read?

We start by teaching phonics to children in the Foundation Stage. This means that they learn how to read the sounds in words and how those sounds can be written down. This is essential for reading and spelling. We teach children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters. Once children can blend words, we give them story books matched to the sounds they know. At this point we also introduce 'red' words, such as 'said,' 'does' and 'were.' The children practise reading their books three times at school. On each read, they become speedier and this does wonders for their confidence. They enjoy the story and want to read more. 

The teachers read to the children, too, so the children get to know all sorts of stories, poetry and information books. They learn many more words this way and it also helps their writing. 

How can I help at home?

Read with your child for ten minutes every day. 

Use the links on Google Classrooms to access the virtual Read Write Inc lessons, as these have been selected as sounds your child needs to practise.