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Early Years and Key Stage 1

In Early Years and Key Stage 1 our children learn to read using Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics. Our children are assessed regularly so they can work with children at the same level as them. This allows complete participation in lessons.


RWI is a complete Literacy scheme and so this makes up the full Literacy hour of learning for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1. 


Children take home a RWI 'bookbag book' that matches the progression they are making with their Phonics journey. This book to them is fully decodable, meaning that they are able to read it based on the sounds and words they are already able to read.


Children who are lucky enough to attend our Nursery begin their RWI journey in the summer term. 


More information on the RWI Phonics scheme is available for parents on the Ruth Miskin training website below: 



Years 2 - 6

Pupils in Year 2 - 6 have a whole class Guided Reading session in their class 4 times a week. Guided Reading books are chosen to complement the topic children are learning that term.


Children who need it will continue to follow the RWI Phonics scheme until they are ready to move on.



To further a love for reading, all teachers read to their classes daily for 10-20 minutes.



Phonics Screening Check

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check?

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills. They will then be able to retake the check so that schools can track pupils until they are able to decode.