Phonics and Early Reading



At St Botolph's we believe in the importance of building a love of reading from an early age. The teaching of reading begins as soon as the children join us. High quality phonics is taught using a systematic scheme, giving children positive opportunities to enjoy success in reading through sharing exciting texts.

It is our aim for children to teach the skills of reading so that they can become fluent, confident and passionate livelong readers.


Our daily phonics lessons are taught from Reception Class to Year 2. The scheme we use is Read, Write Inc. Read, Write Inc is a phonics scheme that creates fluent, readers, confident speakers and willing writers. Fun and engaging lessons are full of partner work, role-play and drama, integrating phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting.

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Each Read, Write Inc session includes: 


Using the Read, Write Inc scheme we:

  • Teach children to learn the 40+ phonemes and graphemes (how letters sound and how they are written)
  • Apply their phonic knowledge to decode words, blending the sounds they have been taught
  • Read and spell common exception words (words that can not be sounded out phonetically)
  • Read and write words ending in -s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er and -est
  • Read words of more than one syllable
  • Read words with contractions (e.g. I’m, haven’t)
  • Accurately read aloud using their phonics knowledge
  • Reread books to develop fluency, accuracy and expression
  • Develop confidence and enjoyment in reading
  • Make phonically plausible attempts to spell words correctly



The children are assessed by the Read Write Inc leader every seven weeks and placed into groups with other children of a similar ability.