Early Reading and Phonics


Reading opens the door to learning.  A child who reads a lot will become a good reader.  A good reader will be able to read more challenging material.  A child who reads challenging material is a child who will learn.  The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.  


Phonics at South Hill Primary School:

At South Hill Primary School, we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics resources and books to get the children off to a flying start with their literacy.  RWI is a method of learning centred around letter sounds and phonics and we use it to give children a structured development for their reading and writing. 

  • Reception pupils receive phonics sessions on a daily basis, using the RWI materials.

  • Year 1 and 2 pupils  also receive phonics sessions daily for 30 minutes focusing on developing their reading and spelling skills.

  • Children bring home PRIME books which match the focus phonics sound(s) they have been learning that week every Friday.

  • As the school year progresses, Reception and Year 1 pupils are grouped according to ability for their daily session

Using RWI books, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read.  


When learning phonics to read the children will:

  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts

  • Learn to read words using Fred Talk (eg. c-a-t)

  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions

  • Bring home PRIME books which match the focus phonics sound(s) they have been learning that week.


When using phonics to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent 44 sounds

  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk

  • Write simple sentences           

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