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Phonics and Early Reading



Phonics Curriculum Intent

At Christ the King Catholic and Church of England Primary School, we are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. We believe that phonics provides the foundations of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Through phonics children learn to segment words to support their spelling ability and blend sounds to read words. The teaching of phonics is of high priority. We use 'Read,Write, Inc' as our phonics programme. 

Phonics and Early Reading Leader Pen Portrait

Hi, I'm Miss Kalnins and I am the Reception&Year 1 teacher and  the Phonics and Early Reading leader in school. I am passionate about encouraging a love of reading and teaching children to read. I am excited about the impact our chosen phonics scheme, 'Read, Write, Inc.' is having on the children in school and about surrounding children in a language rich environment.

Phonics at Christ the King


The government strongly recommends the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children.

At Christ the King we use the Read Write Inc scheme to assist in the teaching of phonics. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.

Here at Christ the King, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. The children are assessed termly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant in small groups. The phonic lesson lasts between 30 and 60 minutes a day. 

The Read Write Inc Leader is Miss Kalnins. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch. 


When using RWI to read the children will:
ï‚· Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts.
ï‚· Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk).
ï‚· Read lovely stories and non-fiction texts featuring words they have learnt to sound out.
ï‚· Answer comprehension-style questions with fun activites such as; 'jump in' and building oracy with 'questions to talk about'.

When using RWI to write the children will:
ï‚· Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds.
ï‚· Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers).
ï‚· Learn to write simple then more complex sentences.
ï‚· Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.

When using RWI the children will also work with a partner:
ï‚· To answer questions
ï‚· To build speed when reading 
ï‚· To take turns talking and listening to each other


Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. 

You can support your child at home by:

- Reading a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, poems etc.) Ask questions, make predictions, enjoy some time together.

- Discuss the different features of the books (heading, title, rhyming words, punctuation)

- Explain the meaning of new words or use a dictionary together to find it out

- You could use puppets or soft toys to retell the story together 

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To further develop a love of reading, teachers read to their classes at the end of the day for 10 minutes. In every class we have a 'familiar stories' or in reception we have a "Favourite 5" basket. These contain books which have been shared as a class on a daily basis which become familiar to the children. These will be changed every term. 

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