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Read Write Inc. Phonics

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How will my child be taught to read?


We start by teaching phonics to the children in Nursery. 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, but it also helps children learn to spell well. We teach the children simple ways of remembering these sounds and letters.

The children also practise reading (and spelling) what we call ‘red words’, such as ‘once,’ ‘have,’ ‘said’ and ‘where’.

The children practise their reading with books that match the phonics and the ‘tricky words’ they know. They start thinking that they can read and this does wonders for their confidence.

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 will I know how well my child is doing?


We use various ways including a phonics assessment every 6-8 weeks to find out how your child is getting on in reading. We use the information to decide what reading group they should be in. Your child will work with children who are at the same reading level as them. Children will move to a different group if they are making faster progress than the others. Your child will have one-to-one support if we think they need some extra help to keep up.




What can I do to help?


We will be hosting regular webinars so that we can explain how we teach reading. 

Help your child to sound out the letters in words and then to ‘blend’ the sounds together to make a whole word. Try not to refer to the letters by their names. Help your child to focus on the sounds. You can hear how to say the sounds correctly at this link:


When reading with your child, encourage them to tell you the story out loud; ask them questions about things that happen or what they think about some of the characters in the story. Reading to your child as much as possible will help them to learn about books and stories. They will also learn new words and what they mean. Showing an interest in reading yourself and talking about reading as a family will also be beneficial to your child's reading journey


What if my child finds it difficult to learn to read?


We will find out very quickly if your child is finding reading difficult. First, we move children to a different group, so that we can make sure that they have learnt what they need to know. If they still struggle, we give them extra time with an adult, on their own. These adults are specially trained to support these children. Your child will still be in the same group with the other children and won’t miss out on any of the class lessons.

Some children take a bit longer to learn to blend sounds together to read a word, e.g. c-a-t to make the word ‘cat’. Attending webinars will explain how you can help and support your child in making progress at home, too.