Phonics and Early Reading KS1

Teaching and Learning of Phonics at St Helen’s

Intent: Why phonics matters? 

At St Helen’s Church of England Primary School, our aim is to equip all children with the necessary skills needed to become fluent and confident readers. We understand the fundamental importance that reading has on a child’s ability to access the wider curriculum, make progress and ultimately succeed in life. It is also our mission and responsibility to open children’s minds to the magic and joy of reading, by introducing them to a wide range of carefully chosen literature. We believe that all staff, in partnership with parents, have a vital role to play in contributing to the teaching of reading, providing the best possible foundations to build upon.

Implementation -How we teach Phonics ? 

We use a synthetic phonics programme called Read Write Inc. beginning in Reception and into KS1.These children take part in daily phonics lessons where they learn the 44+ sounds (phonemes) and alternatives in a progressive order. When children are ready, they take home a fully decodable ‘Story Book’ and ‘Book Bag Book’ which carefully matches what they have been working on in school that week. We also continue to use Read Write Inc. in lower KS2 for any children who still need further support with their reading. 

Impact - How Phonics is assessed at St.Helen's? 

Children are assessed every half term and regrouped according to their phonetic knowledge and fluency. These groups remain fluid and are grouped based upon stage, not age.

RWI Phonics:

This video demonstrates how to pronounce pure sounds from Set 1 Sounds through to Set 3. At home, recapping pure sounds with your child would benefit their knowledge of the different sounds.

This video explains what the Phonics Screening Check is.

RWI Tips for reading with your child.

RWI Parent FAQs