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Redwood Primary School –Teaching of Phonics






Children at Redwood follow the Read, Write Inc. scheme for teaching phonics. This sits alongside the use of quality fiction and non-fiction texts that are used to teach literacy. 

Children in reception begin to learn sounds within the first half term of beginning school. They are introduced to ‘Fred Frog’ who makes learning sounds fun for them.  As they begin to build up their knowledge of sounds, children blend and read simple words.  This then enables them to begin to read a wide range of stories and non-fiction texts. 

As children progress with learning new sounds, they move on to harder texts. In years 1 and 2 children are grouped according to their phonic ability.  They focus upon learning new sounds to read and spell.

At the end of year 1, children take a phonics screening check which establishes their ability to read and blend sounds to make words.  Children who do not pass the phonics screening check in year one are given the opportunity to retake it in year 2. Children who are confident with phonics will move on to the Read, Write, Inc. spelling programme in year 2.

In Key Stage 2, children who still need to embed their phonic understanding  will be taught by their class teacher as well as receiving intervention from teaching assistants.

We use Read, Write Inc. spelling to teach a discrete spelling lesson daily in Key Stage 2. This sits alongside the use of quality fiction and non-fiction texts that we use to teach literacy. Children in Key Stage 2 also participate in guided reading sessions.