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Phonics Workshops

At East Ward Primary School, we follow the Read, Write, Inc (RWI) phonics program. Our youngest children in Nursery begin developing their speaking and listening skills which lays the foundations for children to be able to read and write. In Nursery children become attune to sounds in preparation for beginning their RWI journey. 

In Reception and Year 1, reading is taught alongside phonics. This model ensures that children are systematically taught synthetic phonics and are able to read accurately and fluently as well as developing good comprehension. As the children move through the RWI program, they become exposed to books everyday which improves their fluency. 

In RWI, children are taught to:
• Identify the separate sounds in words.
• Learn the letters and letter combinations most commonly used to spell sounds.
• Read words by sounding out and blending their separate parts.
• Study written representations of a sound and how it looks.
• Recognise on sight vocabulary identified as ‘Red words'

Year 2 children still requiring extra support in phonics and reading, particularly those who did not pass the phonics screening assessment in Year 1, also attend daily RWI sessions to ensure they keep up. 

Our bespoke Phonics Workshops are a fantastic way of finding out how your child will learn to spell, read and write in Reception and Year One. The workshops are every term (Autumn, Spring and Summer). Mrs Eckersley will demonstrate how we teach the skills of Reading and Writing in Reception and Year One and will provide you with lots of activities that you can use at home to help your child.


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