Phonics and Reading

At Bretforton Village School, we currently follow the nationally approved Read Write Inc scheme to teach reading and phonics, supplemented with additional reading material. Read Write Inc sessions take place daily in small teaching groups supported by Teachers and Support Professionals. In these sessions, the children are taught the 44 speed sounds (phonics) and tricky words which enable them to read and write. Children are assessed on their phonic knowledge on a regular basis and are taught in groups according to their phonic knowledge and ability. It is a thorough and intense programme of learning and relies on good and prompt attendance at school.

Occasionally some children will require catch-up sessions; these take place in very small groups or even 1-1 and are short intense sessions learning and applying the sounds necessary to read. Our aim is that by the time children have completed Year 1, they are secure in all their sounds and can apply them to their reading competently. Information sessions are held in the autumn term to help parents understand this approach. Please follow this link for further parent information and video clips on Read Write Inc


Children will bring home books to support their reading, these will link to the Read Write Inc stage they are at and will reflect the sounds they are learning in school. This scheme is called Phonics Bug (Pearson). The children will change this book two to three times per week and we encourage parents to share the book more than once to develop fluency and understanding. In addition children can have a library book, they have the opportunity to visit the library once a week to change it.


Once children have reached the end of the Read Write Inc programme they will select books from the classroom which will be a mixture of scheme books and real books chosen for interest, enjoyment and learning. The books are carefully organised to ensure progression continues and the focus is on developing higher order reading skills and comprehension. Assessment takes place through comprehension activities, guided reading sessions and individual reading time. Some children may require additional support with reading and therefore a number of catch-up programmes are used to support them including Read Write Inc and Project X.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher who will support you in helping your child learn to read.