Phonics and Reading


Words are made up from small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words. At St Paul’s Way Foundation School, we teach phonics using the ‘Read Write Inc. Phonics’ Programme. This is a phonics resource published by Open University Press. It aims to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills for children, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven.

Parents can learn more about the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme on the Oxford Owl website.


Once children are reading fluently, having followed the Read, Write Inc. Programme for phonics to develop their early reading, our literacy lessons and reading lessons support children to read effectively for both information and for enjoyment. Our teachers carefully plan lessons to support children with reading comprehension, inference, prediction, evaluation and synthesis of ideas. We are committed to ensuring children read high-quality texts that are language rich, from a wide range of genres and authors.

Reading At Home

All children have a reading book that they take home to read; we recommend that children should read at home daily to support their language and vocabulary development, and their reading fluency. Whilst they are in the earlier stages of learning to read, children will have a levelled reading book. We use a range of different schemes for this, including Oxford Reading Tree. Whilst children are following the Read Write Inc. Phonics Programme, they will regularly bring home a book from this scheme, which is matched to their current phonics learning. In addition to this,  we encourage children to visit the library, read widely and to listen to adults reading stories and books to them.