Phonics Provision

Read Write Inc. (RWI) - Our approach to teaching phonics


Read Write Inc. Phonics is a dynamic, vigorous programme that teaches children to read and write quickly and easily.

First children learn the common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words for reading, at the same time they develop skills of handwriting and spelling. They progress to read and comprehend lively storybooks containing words that they can decode so they achieve early success in reading.

A key element of the Read Write Inc. approach is that practice across the school is completely consistent. This is achieved because every member of staff is highly trained, coached and supported to be an expert in the teaching of reading. Children are grouped by ability allowing lessons to specifically address individual learning needs.

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Phonics Screening Check


The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment for all children in Year 1. The check is designed to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard.

Children who do not achieve the appropriate standard will receive support from the school to ensure they can improve their phonic decoding skills. These children will then be expected to retake the phonics screening check the following year.

The phonics screening check comprises a list of 40 words that childre read one-to-one with a teacher. The list is a combination of both real and made up words. Using made up words allows this assessment to focus purely on decoding using phonics. As made up words are new to all children, they do not favour children with a good vocabulary knowledge or large visual memory of words. The made up words will be shown to children alongside pictures of imaginary creatures. This allows teachers to explain to children that the made up word is the name of a type of creature they haven't seen before. This helps children to understand they should not try to match the made up word to their vocabulary.

More information about the structure and content of the phonics screening check, including a sample of words similar to those that will be used in the phonics screening check, is available at