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'Love, Learn, Live'

Phonics and Reading

Phonics - Intent

At North Worcester, we  value  reading  as  a  key  life  skill  and  one  that  lays  the  foundations for lifelong learning. We are passionate about ensuring all children become confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. At NWPA we believe that Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics provides the fundamentals of learning to make the development into fluent reading and writing easier. Children learn to read fluently and at speed so they can focus on developing their skills in comprehension, vocabulary and spelling.

The Read, Write Inc. programme  is  a  systematic,  synthetic  phonics  programme  that  explicitly  teaches children  to  read  fluently  and  accurately. NWPA  is  committed  to  ensuring  every  pupil  will  learn  to  read,  regardless  of their needs, background and  abilities.  The  lowest  20%  of children  are  identified  from  our  rigorous  assessments  and  targeted  for  daily one-to-one  tuition in order for them to  “keep  up,  not catch  up”.

The teaching of phonics is of high priority with children participating in daily phonic sessions in order for children return to key reading skills regularly and part of everyday learning.


Phonics – Implementation

At NWPA phonics is taught across EYFS and KS1 as well as in intervention sessions across KS2. All of the staff  at  North Worcester have  been  trained  to  deliver  the  Read, Write  Inc  phonics  programme  regardless  of  Key  Stage  or  role  in  school. Daily synthetic phonics sessions, follow the Read Write Inc. scheme and during these sessions children are taught to:  

  • decode letter/sounds correspondences   quickly   and   effortlessly, using   their phonic knowledge and skills 
  • read ‘tricky’ (red words) on sight
  • understand what they read 
  • read aloud with fluency and expression
  • write confidently, with a strong focus on vocabulary and grammar
  • spell quickly and easily by segmenting the sounds in words
  • acquire good handwriting

Children are encouraged to transfer the skills they learn in phonics sessions into their independent reading and writing and in continuous provision (EYFS). 

Half termly assessment ensure that all children read books   that   are   closely   matched   to   their   increasing knowledge of phonics.  This is so that, early on, they experience success and gain confidence that they are readers and enjoy their daily phonic sessions.

Learners further embed phonic knowledge, during everyday English sessions. Teachers read a wide range of stories, poetry and non-fiction to children exposing the children to high quality texts for future reading and enjoyment.


Phonics – Impact

At NWPA, the result of phonics teaching at our school will be that children will have a secure reading knowledge, enabling them to become confident and fluent, making expected progress or more, as well as apply their phonic knowledge to confidently spell words either correctly or phonetically (Year 1) using the sounds they have learnt in their own independent writing. Knowing that children leaving us will have a life-long love of reading.