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Phonics and Reading

At Ley Hill we are passionate about creating life long readers. There is much evidence that shows that a child who learns to read, and love reading, early on in their lives has the greatest chance for success later in their schooling. This is why we strive to ensure all our children learn to reading quickly and effectively and are keen to create a culture of reading across the school.


Please see the attached action plan that shows what we are currently doing to support this vision in our school:



Read Write Inc


We are a Read Write Inc school which means that we:


  • Raise standards in reading and writing for our children

  • Are all expertly trained by Ruth Miskin Training – including our headteacher!

  • Gain the latest programme updates through regular visits from our Ruth Miskin trainer

  • Support our most vulnerable readers with extra one-to-one teaching every day.


What is RWI?


Click the link to watch the video:


How to say your pure sounds:


Blending sounds into words:


For more information: 


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Read Write Inc. website

Reading (after phonics)


After children are have completed the RWI phonics programme in school (usually during Year 2), they move onto our own reading programme.

This programme builds on the skills they have learnt during RWI and continues to help children:

          - Become fluent readers of increasingly complex texts

          - Use a range of reading skills to help them understand the texts they are reading (see more below)

          - Develop a love of reading 


We actively teach the following reading skills:

- Visualising

- Clarifying

- Retrieving

- Inferring

- Predicting

- Summarising

- Justifying

- Authorial intent 



Reading at home


There are a number of ways that parents can support their children to love reading and become proficient readers.


1. Read to your child

This is important at any age. 

Before children can read to themselves, you can develop their understanding of story language, rhythms and rhymes and the structure of stories by being read to. Sharing reading together creates an early love of reading that can last a lifetime.


Once children can read to themselves, reading to a child can help them visualise stories that are longer or more complex. It can help children extend and develop their vocabulary and gives them a chance to talk about what they think or ask questions about what you are reading.


2. Read with your child

Once children can read, we will start to send home reading books that they are confident in reading themselves. They can practise being a 'storyteller' with you - reading with expression and talking about what is happening. 

As children become more confident in reading, we encourage them to self select their own books. This helps them to take ownership over what they read and choose books they are keen to have a go at. We actively teach them how to choose books that they can read (decode), as well as understand.

Have a look at this video for tips on how to support your child when you listen to them reading: 


3. Model good reading habits

As children develop an awareness of reading and words;

Play word games (eye spy, singing nursery rhymes etc).

Point out words and writing in the world around them and tell them what the words say.

Talk about the meaning of words they hear or see - think about how you could use it in a sentence.

Read your own books / newspapers / magazines in front of your child.



Children begin to learn to spell at the same time as reading, suing our Read, Write Inc programme.

Watch this video to show you the strategies that are used to teach children to use their phonic knowledge for writing: 



Once children have completed the RWI phonics programme, they move onto our RWI spelling programme.

This video explains a little about how we teach this in school, and how you can help at home: