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Phonics is a method used for teaching children to read and write the English Language. It develops phonemic awareness (the ability to hear, identify and manipulate phonemes). It enables children to understand the correspondence between these sounds and the spelling patterns (graphemes) that represent them.

Read Write Inc


We follow a phonics program called 'Read Write Inc (RWI)'. 

RWI teaches children to connect sounds with pictures; words with their meanings; and stories with the sounds they know. They connect their own experiences to the stories they read and learn to lift the words off the page.

Children learn one thing at a time and practise it until it becomes second nature. Interactive practice keeps children focused, and their capacity to learn develops.

They learn at a spot that is not too easy nor too hard, with other children at a similar challenge level. No time is wasted.

Children remember what they learn by saying it out loud to a partner. If they can’t explain it, the teacher repeats it until they can.

Teachers are trained so they have capacity to show love for what they do. The more they love teaching, the more the children love learning.

Phonics with Mr Poole

Our Headteacher has created some great phonics videos to help you practice your phonics at home. Have a look on his YouTube channel: