Reading & Phonics

We use the Read, Write Inc. programme to teach reading and phonics in our early years classes, Year 1 and some children in Year 2. All the children are regularly assessed and grouped according to their current level of phonic knowledge and skill. These groups are fluid and children will move groups throughout the year. Sessions take place daily and are taught by staff trained specifically in the programme.  

We also use the Read, Write, Inc. for children in Key Stage 2 who have gaps in their phonic knowledge, these sessions are taught discreetly by staff trained in the programme.

Children following the Read, Write, Inc programme will bring home at least two corresponding Read, Write Inc books per week which are closely matched to their current phonic knowledge and as such should be fully decodeable. These will be supplemented with a book from our library for children to share with an adult or older sibling. This book will probably not be fully decodeable for your child yet, so the expectation is not for the child to read this book themselves, we encourage you to read this to your child and enjoy the book together. We believe strongly that children will develop a love of reading through experiencing success when reading at home and having quality story time with a wide range of books.

Use the link to learn more about  Read, Write Inc

The best way to help your child achieve well in reading, and indeed across the curriculum, is to hear them read and share and discuss a variety of reading materials as often as you can. We urge you to strive for five times a week. We have a reading reward scheme, where children can earn their Gold or Platinum reading reward at the end of each half term. This is to develop and embed those good reading habits that will help them to be successful in school and beyond. Throughout school, high quality books and other reading resources in the classrooms, along with special events help to inspire and motivate children to read.

The children in Key Stage 2 will move onto Accelerated Reader and will read books that match their reading ability. Accelerated Reader is a computer programme that helps teachers to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Following a reading test children select a book within their reading range and read the book at their own pace. When finished, the children will take a short quiz on the computer about the book. For every book they read children accumulate words which enables them to move up the word count.

In Key Stage 2 children have regular opportunities to read their reading book, but we do encourage daily reads at home too.

Phonics Screening Check

In Year 1 children have to take the Phonics Screening Check.  This assesses whether the children can segment and blend phonemes in words correctly in order to read.  The check consists of 40 words; 20 pseudo words (non-real/alien words) and 20 real words.  The check is on a 1:1 basis and children must do the check independently. The Phonics Screening Check takes place in June.

The video below is an example of a Phonics Screening Check - take a look:


Read, Write Inc Parent Session

Thank you to all of those who attend our Read Write Inc information afternoon. We hope you found it useful and helped to explain how we will be using this new scheme in school to teach phonics, and how you can best help your child to read at home. As ever, if you have any questions, please speak to your child's class teacher who will be happy to assist you.



Home Learning - Phonics

During the current school closure, we are continuing to do all we can to help your child continue with their phonics learning. Please see below for up to date information on RWI phonics lessons that you and your child can engage in through You Tube and Facebook. We hope this is helpful.

RWI Phonics lessons at home

To help children learning to read at home during school closure, we are streaming 7 phonics, reading and spelling lessons every weekday on our YouTube channel.

Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Speed Sounds Set 1 - for children in Nursery and Reception and children who are new to English

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am

Speed Sounds Set 2 - for children in Reception that can read Set 1 Speed Sounds and for children in Year 1 and 2

  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15am

Speed Sounds Set 3 - for children in Year 1 and 2 that can read Set 2 Speed Sounds

  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Don't worry if you miss a lesson. Once each set has been shown, we will replay one a day from each set.

Click here for the YouTube Speed Sounds lessons schedule.

Storytime with Nick

Watch Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller.

A new story will be added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. They are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

Poetry Time films

We have added Poetry Time films to YouTube and PDFs of the poems to the Home Reading page of the website.

The films will stay on YouTube so children and parents can join in and enjoy them again and again.


Films for Parents

Films for parents to help their child learn to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics are available on our website and YouTube channel. The YouTube channel will have a quick face-lift to help parents find the films easily. We’re adding a parent film to Facebook every day too.

Files to Download

Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224