Phonics Made Simple

We use a phonics programme called Read Write Inc.

This is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics, blending them together to read and write words.

What is Phonics? Phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word. In EYFS and KS1, children will follow a daily phonic programme to create fluent, enthusiastic readers, confident speakers and willing writers. In KS2, children follow a daily literacy and language programme that equips them with the skills to read and understand texts confidently, write fluently, think critically and articulate thoughts and ideas clearly.

Understanding Phonics

This video is ideal for parents of incoming Reception children. It explains what the National Curriculum says about learning to read, why learning to read and spell in English is more difficult than in other languages, and how phonics can help.

How To Say The Sounds

Confused about how to say the sounds found in Read Write Inc? Worry not – 5-year-old Sylvie is here to show you how!

Reading Bouncy Sounds

When we teach a sound, we 'bounce' them when we say them out loud.

The children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.

Mrs. Glover – Assistant Principal

Why Read To Your Child?

Reading to your child is one of the most valuable things you can do as a parent to ensure their well-being. Find out about the benefits of reading to your child.

Reading Stretchy Sounds

When we teach a sound, we 'stretch' them when we say them out loud.


'Sound-blending' describes how children learn to join sounds together to make words. This video will help you support your child to practise sound-blending at home.

It allows them to spell effortlessly so they can put their energy into composing what they write.

Mrs. Grattage – Head of School

Ten things to think about

Watch this short video about the 10 things to think about when you read to your child.

Reading The Digraphs

Some sounds taught in Read Write Inc. Phonics are made up of two letters, e.g. 'sh' - these are called 'digraphs'. Find out how to help your child read the digraphs at home.

The Phonics Screening Check

This is a short, simple test taken by Year 1 children in June to assess their reading ability. Parents can watch the short video to find out what happens during the check and why it's useful.

The Frieze

This video explains how to use the sound frieze, to help your child to remember the sounds and corresponding pictures found in Read Write Inc. Phonics.