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At Istead Rise Primary School we believe that the teaching of phonics is key to the development of good reading skills. We follow the Read, Write, Inc. program to teach phonics throughout EYFS and KS1. We enhance our phonics teaching with Phonics Play to make learning fun and interactive.

In EYFS, the children learn to recognise every letter (grapheme) before matching it to its sound (phoneme). They then move onto groups of two letters (digraphs) or three letters (trigraphs) that make a new sound when put together. The children learn how to pronounce these sounds accurately, so that they can then segment and blend words correctly. Children are also taught to recognise common high frequency words and 'tricky' words, as well as being able to spell them. 

EYFS and KS1 children have daily phonics lessons of 30 minutes. This learning is then consolidated during English lessons and Guided Reading sessions to ensure that children use phonics as the route to decoding unfamiliar words.  All teachers integrate phonic teaching throughout the day, highlighting new or familiar sounds as the children come across them. Every classroom has a sound chart displayed with different spelling rules to aid children in their daily learning. We ensure that any child who has not passed the phonics check by the end of KS1 has further phonics teaching in KS2.

If you would like to know more about how we teach phonics or how to pronounce the different sounds, please speak to your class teacher who would be happy to help with this. 


For more information on Read Write Inc or how to support your child at home please visit the website; Ruth Miskin

Here are some useful documents which have fun games for your child to play at home;

Help your child at home Phonics

Read Write Inc-Fred-Games