Early Reading and Phonics

In Nursery, children participate in a variety of child-initiated and adult-led learning experiences to support the development of early reading and phonics skills. Through a wide range of practical, play based and fun learning contexts, children’s listening and attention skills and phonological awareness is developed over time - the key foundation for further development in this area. Creative use of songs, rhymes and stories enables children to develop interest in books and reading, become immersed in key texts and acquire and apply new skills in different contexts alongside both indoors and outdoors.

In Nursery (Summer term onwards) and Reception we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. Children take part in daily sessions to learn new sounds and revise old sounds. We use Fred talk to segment and blend words to read - green words can be sounded out but red words are tricky words which we have to learn by sight. During each session children practise letter formation of each letter as well as write simple words with new and old sounds in them. They also take part in guided reading sessions to match their phonics ability. Every child tasks a reading book home which they should be able to read independently to an adult. Children are encouraged to read as often as possible to improve their fluency of reading.

Please see links below for further information:

RWI – How to pronounce your letter sounds








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