Phonics Curriculum Statement: 

At St. Oswald's we aim to develop the full potential of all our pupils as confident, literate readers and writers. If children are to develop as competent readers and writers, it is vitally important that they have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of the English language. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic way, based on a stage approach.

We therefore use the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme to deliver phonic skills to all children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and to those who need support in KS2. Phonics is taught rigorously daily. 

Nursery: The children in Nursery undertake a wide variety of activites that help to develop their listening skills and phonological awareness. Once they are ready the children in Nursery will begin to learn the first of the sounds needed for reading and writing.

Reception: Throughout Reception the children continue to learn new sounds which enables them to read and spell these in words.They read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge and they take home phonics storybooks to share. They begin to learn how to read with fluency and expression. In their daily phonics lessons they learn to spell using known sounds which helps them to write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first. They also learn to work well with a partner. 

Year 1: Daily phonics lessons continue in Year 1. The children continue to practise known and new sounds, preparing them well for the Phonics Screening Check that all Year 1 children undertake. They also practise the accuracy and fluency of their reading and begin to develop their comprehension. 

"The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.

The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support they need to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.

The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher."

(Department for Education)

Year 2: Read Write Inc continues in Year 2 (and into KS2) for those children who need further phonics teaching.  

All staff who deliver the sessions are Read Write Inc. trained and they regularly attend update training.

Mrs Clarke is our Phonics leader and rigorously monitors the progress of all children . The children are grouped according to their assessments which are carried out half termly. Children who need further support are given daily 1:1 phonics sessions. 

For further information on the programme we use please visit: 

Read Write Inc. Phonics Page


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.

Using RWI, the children learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into comprehending what they read. It also allows them to spell effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into composing what they write.

When using RWI to read the children will:

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


•           Learn to read words using Fred Talk.

•           Read lively stories featuring words they have learned to sound out and new (tricky) 


•           Show that they comprehend the stories by answering questions.

When using RWI 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 initially.

The Phonics Manager for KS1 is Miss Greenwood.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss our phonics programme further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

How can you help?

Read your child’s book with them every night for about 15 minutes. Re-read the book a few times when they have completed it to develop their fluency, accuracy and use of expression.

Here are some links that you may find useful:

Visit the Read Write Inc. website to hear the phoneme (sounds) pronunciation guide and other parent tutorials.

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