At St Francis we follow Ruth Miskin's Read Write Inc. phonics programme.

Through a combination of explicit phonics sessions, clear modelling and varied opportunities for practise, pupils have fun learning effective strategies to help them read and spell words. 

In each lesson pupils will: 

  • Review previously learned sounds
  • Learn a new sound
  • Practise their new sound by blending it with other sounds
  • Practice reading red words that cannot be sounded out
  • Apply the skill in both reading and writing

Children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes.

They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

At the end of Year 1, pupils take part in a national phonics screening check; the results of which are shared with parents. Any pupils who do not reach the expected level by the end of Year 1 receive targeted support and are reassessed formally at the end of Year 2. 

Please follow the links to view useful Read Write Inc. videos for parents

  • View parent training videos on the Read Write Inc. website here
  • An example of a RWI lesson

Please find below some useful documents for parents to help support pupils learning at home: 

Here are also some useful websites for supporting Phonics at Home

A number of parents have asked if there were any links to iPad/iPhone/Smartphone/Android apps that were useful in supporting are just a few we have found: