We recognise that phonics is integral to a child’s development; reading is the key that unlocks the whole curriculum therefore the ability to efficiently decode is essential. Through the use of Read Write Inc. the systematic teaching of phonics has a high priority in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 to ensure that all children reach their full potential across all areas of the curriculum.

At Senacre Wood, we want pupils to develop a love of reading and we acknowledge that, to do that, children need to be taught the key skills in segmenting and blending. We also want pupils to competently apply their skills to writing.

At Senacre Wood Primary School, we follow the Read Write Inc. phonics programme, which teaches the children to:

  • Recognise and understand that sounds are represented by written/printed letters.
  • Learn the letter formation for each sound
  • Apply the skill of segmenting and blending phonemes in order to read words.
  • Segment words into their constituent phonemes in order to spell words.
  • Read high frequency words that do not conform to regular phonic patterns (red words).
  • Read texts and words that are within their phonic capabilities as early as possible.
  • Decode texts effortlessly so all their resources can be used to comprehend what they read.
  • Apply phonic knowledge to spell.

For details of how we implement this within our school and how we measure the impact, please read our Phonics Policy.