At Parkfield we teach early reading using Read Write Inc Phonics. This is a complete literacy programme for learning to read. It weaves word reading and comprehension together seamlessly.

Phonics in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

We first teach sounds. Children practice reading and spelling words containing these sounds. Then we give children decodable books containing sounds and words that they can read. They read each Storybook three times at school and again with parents/carers at home. On each reading, children’s fluency increases and the more they can focus on what the story is about. Children also learn to spell the words they have been reading by segmenting them. Alongside this, we read stories to children: stories they cannot yet read for themselves. Our aim is for children to finish the RWI Phonics programme quickly so they can start reading these books for themselves. We assess the children regularly and group them accordingly. We want to make sure every child learns to read in our school. Some children need extra practice when learning to read so we teach these children one-to-one for ten minutes every day – on top of their group lesson. We make sure they ‘keep up’ from the beginning and don’t need ‘catch up’ later on.

Pupils are taught comprehension skills through high quality discussion with the teacher and discussing a wide range of stories. This also encourages children to widen their vocabulary.

One to one tutoring: children who are not making the expected progress will receive daily tutoring in order to keep up.

Homework: videos are sent home as appropriate for children to practice sounds and words at home. They will also take a previously read book and a decodable book bag book home weekly.

Parents: are invited in during the Reception year to have information shared with them about their child’s reading.

Expectations of progress:

Expected number of sounds:

Letter formation

Handwriting phrases to help children form letters:

  • m: Maisie mountain mountain

  • a: round the apple, down the leaf

  • s slither down the snake

  • d: round his bottom, down his tall neck and down his feet

  • t: down the tower, across the tower

  • i: down the body, dot for the head

  • n: down Nobby, over his net

  • p: down the plait and over the pirates face

  • g: round her face, down her hair and give her a curl

Red words learnt through storybooks

  • put, the I, know, of, my, for, he, your, said, who, be, are, to, me, go, baby, paint, all, like, I've, want, call, we, her, she, washing, some, so, what, they, do, old, was, saw, watch, school, watches, small, their, were, who, tall, one, brother, I'm, there, fall, any, where, wall, does, other, two, could, ball, wash, was, water, anyone, over, wasn't, through, once, son, whole, people, should, come, many, mother, above, father, here, buy, bought, great, someone, another, walk, caught, worse, everyone, talk, thought, love, wear.