Phonics

Bentley High Street Primary School follows the Read Write Inc. scheme.

Phonics Intent

We at Bentley High Street Primary school believe that reading is at the heart of our children’s education as it enables them to access a broad and balanced curriculum.  We believe it is crucial to give children the skills to be independent, socially and academically, capable.  

From the moment all pupils step into our school, they are taught reading through a variety of carefully planned approaches.  All adults in our school generate passion and nurture the love of reading through sharing books and rhymes which develops oracy and fluency.  

Once children are in Foundation Stage they take part in a systematic phonics programme (Read, Write, Inc.) where they learn over forty sounds and many tricky words (common exception words).  Their reading books are accurately matched to the phonics they are learning and are read with the idea that they are confident and enjoy showing off the success of their reading skills.  

Children will begin the programme in Foundation and will remain on it until they pass the phonics screening check, or when they know all the sounds and are confident readers. Our aim is for most children to have completed the scheme by the end of Key Stage 1, however some children will remain in Key Stage 2 if necessary. Following the read, write, inc programme we support children in becoming competent in comprehension by delivering the read, write inc comprehsnion programme before children start our school reading curriculum.  This programme uses the key teaching strategies in Read Write Inc. Phonics to maintain momentum and pupil progress. It also develops children's reading fluency and comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts. Our ultimate aims for doing this is for the children to be able to learn and apply blending skills and to learn to segment words in order to be able to create skilled and confident readers and writers. 

Within Key stage 2, children who are still identified as Early readers have access to read, write inc phonics. The school also identifies children for the Read Write Inc. Fresh Start catch-up and intervention programme this is for 9 to 13-year-olds still learning to read. It offers a simple but powerful solution to accelerate reading progress in just 25 minutes a day. It teaches students at their challenge point, so they learn to read accurately and fluently. They will also develop good comprehension, spelling and punctuation skills through targeted activities. 

To build upon phonics knowledge, the school also teachers spelling following the Read Write Inc. Spelling. This teaches spelling cumulatively and systematically with deliberate, focused practice. It build upon the teaching strategies and spelling activities from Read Write Inc. 

The scheme was developed by Ruth Miskin.  More information about the programme can be found at www.ruthmiskinliteracy.com.

Phonics on a Page

Content and sequence of the phonics programme

Pathways for Teaching Phonics Foundation Year 1

Matching books to phonics sets

Book Level matched to Sounds

Learning Phonics in Foundation

How to pronounce the sounds

Speed Sound Set 1

An official video from the RWI Channel on how to correctly pronounce the set 1 sounds. 

Pathways for Teaching Phonics Foundation Year 1

Set 2 Sounds

A video by John Pau on how to pronounce the set 2 sounds. 

Workshops and training Information

Phonics Workshop 09.02.21